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Published: 8/18/2013


Toledo Magazine: Risky Harvest

Russell Lamp, a pest control specialist based in Oregon, collects the nests of bald-faced hornets. Mr. Lamp sells the hornets to several pharmaceutical companies across the country where the hornets become part of the vaccine process. Mr. Lamp recently visited the home of Dan Meyer in Sylvania to collect a nest of hornets that had been attached to a tree. CLICK ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

Hornets fly to and from a large nest at the home of Sylvania resident Dan Meyer. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Hornets fly to and from a large nest at the home of Sylvania resident Dan Meyer.
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A hornet flies to a large nest on a tree at the home of Dan Meyer of Sylvania. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A hornet flies to a large nest on a tree at the home of Dan Meyer of Sylvania.
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From left, Russell Lamp and Josh, Dan and Deidre Meyer look at a large hornet nest on a tree at Dan's home in Sylvania. Enlarge | Buy This Photo From left, Russell Lamp and Josh, Dan and Deidre Meyer look at a large hornet nest on a tree at Dan's home in Sylvania.
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Mr. Lampshines a green LED light at a large hornets nest on a tree at the home of Sylvania resident Dan Meyer. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mr. Lampshines a green LED light at a large hornets nest on a tree at the home of Sylvania resident Dan Meyer.
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Russell Lamp, owner of Integrated Pest Control, waits until dark to spray carbon dioxide in the next to temporarily knock out the hornets. The hornets are collected, froze, and shipped to pharmaceutical companies that extract venom for allergy vaccines. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Russell Lamp, owner of Integrated Pest Control, waits until dark to spray carbon dioxide in the next to temporarily knock ...
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Russell Lamp, owner of Integrated Pest Control, estimates that he has collected more than 2,000 nests in teh Toledo area over the past 30 years. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Russell Lamp, owner of Integrated Pest Control, estimates that he has collected more than 2,000 nests in teh Toledo ...
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Mr. Lamp puts a large hornets nest into a cage after removing it from a tree. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mr. Lamp puts a large hornets nest into a cage after removing it from a tree.
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Mr. Lamp loads a nest into a plastic tub to be taken back to the shop to be frozen. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mr. Lamp loads a nest into a plastic tub to be taken back to the shop to be frozen.
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