Wasp nest generating buzz in Springfield neighborhood

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A wasp nest is generating a lot of buzz on Benz Street in Springfield, especially for one particular homeowner.

The nest is located right outside of Ann Holt’s house, on a tree that she says is the city’s responsibility. The tree is located on a tree belt, which means it’s likely the city’s property.

Holt said her biggest concern is that someone with an allergy will get stung.

22News went to Benz Street to see the nest, and within minutes, dozens of wasps were seen flying in and out of it.

Holt told 22News she contacted the city, but didn’t get the answers she was hoping for. “I called 311 to speak to Forestry, I told them (311)  the situation, and they said they don’t have anybody who does that.”

That’s when she called 22News for help. 

We went to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, and were told if a hive or nest is located on city property, they’ll send someone to remove it. They said they were never told about this particular nest.

Marian Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mayor Sarno’s office told 22News, the mayor’s office told Holt they would contact the Forestry Department on her behalf, because they do take care of wasp nests.

Sullivan also said Holt called 311 Monday to report the nest, and the Forestry Department sprayed it the following day. However, when 22News looked into the issue Wednesday, we saw a very active nest. 

Sullivan added that 311 takes calls regarding hives and nests, and creates tickets for the Forestry Department to address any issues.

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