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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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