Home
 » ISP News » 
Sponsored

Engineers Nightmare as Wasps Find Home in Openreach Socket

Thursday, April 21st, 2022 (10:58 am) - Score 11,976
Wasps-in-Openreach-Phone-Socket

One of Openreach’s senior UK broadband and phone engineers, Amjed, recently got the shock of his life while making repairs at a property in Glasgow. Upon removing one of the operator’s copper phone extension sockets from a wall, he came across a wasp’s nest. We assume he must have been investigating a buzzing sound on the line 🙂 .

Admittedly, engineers do sometimes find a sting in the tail with their jobs, and indeed it’s not the first time that flying stingy things (i.e. insects, not politicians, but there are similarities) have become a cause for concern in the telecoms sector. Last year the operator’s engineers in West Cornwall (England) were left buzzing (sorry) after opening the door of a PCP street cabinet to find a hive of busy Bees occupying it (here).

However, most people would probably agree that Bees aren’t nearly as annoying Wasps. The latter tend to adopt a similar behaviour to your average drunken teenagers on a Friday night, albeit with distinctly less vomiting and a lot more stinging. Wasps are, generally, absolute buggers.

Now admittedly, Wasps do tend to snack on other pest insects (good), produce powerful antibiotics in their venom (also good) and pollinate plants (good again), but we only wish they could do all that without being such total gits about it. Let’s face it, at one time or another, most of us have probably had the ‘chased around the garden while wildly flailing arms’ experience – probably quite a few times. It’s practically a national pass time.

In this case, Amjed wisely beat a hasty retreat and called in some professionals to tackle the problem. As we understand it, the wasps were then “taken care of” and “safely removed from the property“. We assume that translates to mercilessly eradicated and later committed to a suitable fire. Hopefully Openreach didn’t sting the customer with a hefty repair bill. Sorry, again.

Leave a Comment
13 Responses
  1. Mick says:

    A pun for anyone over 50: They are not wasps, they are Buzz-Bees.

  2. Optimist says:

    Look at it from the wasps’ point of view – they have been around far longer than we have, and if we invade their territory and provide them with a nice nesting site, they’s be daft not to take advantage of it! 😉

  3. Mike says:

    I thought you couldn’t get BeeUnlimited any more?

  4. Anthony Goodman says:

    Great article. And you’re right when you see a Bee fly by you get the feeling he is saying “hey how you doing”. Whereas when you see a Wasp you just know they’re screaming “I am gonna get you”. They are the chavs of the insect world.

    1. CarlT says:

      Heh. Made me chuckle: thanks!

  5. It's just so funny says:

    Buzzing sound on the line. Because they are wasps. *Hysterical laughter*

  6. Ex Telecom Engineer says:

    £3.98 for wasp nest killer powder, job done.

  7. Phil says:

    Good job it isn’t on my socket!

  8. Lee B says:

    Bet he got stung for the visit

  9. Matt says:

    This why there taking so long or are they moving so fast you can’t tell

  10. John says:

    Back when I was a network engineer for VM one of the first faults I ever attended was a bees nest inside a cabinet right by all the line cards. Arranged for a company to relocate them

  11. James says:

    Give then a spin in a dyson cylinder.

  12. HTW says:

    I bet they were just trying to find an old friend Buzby.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments RSS Feed

Javascript must be enabled to post (most browsers do this automatically)

Privacy Notice: Please note that news comments are anonymous, which means that we do NOT require you to enter any real personal details to post a message. By clicking to submit a post you agree to storing your comment content, display name, IP, email and / or website details in our database, for as long as the post remains live.

Only the submitted name and comment will be displayed in public, while the rest will be kept private (we will never share this outside of ISPreview, regardless of whether the data is real or fake). This comment system uses submitted IP, email and website address data to spot abuse and spammers. All data is transferred via an encrypted (https secure) session.

NOTE 1: Sometimes your comment might not appear immediately due to site cache (this is cleared every few hours) or it may be caught by automated moderation / anti-spam.

NOTE 2: Comments that break our rules, spam, troll or post via known fake IP/proxy servers may be blocked or removed.
Cheapest Ultrafast ISPs
  • Gigaclear £17.00
    Speed: 200Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Community Fibre £20.00
    Speed: 150Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Hyperoptic £22.00
    Speed: 158Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Virgin Media £24.00
    Speed: 108Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Vodafone £25.00
    Speed: 100Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
Large Availability | View All
Cheapest Superfast ISPs
  • Hyperoptic £17.99
    Speed 33Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Shell Energy £19.99
    Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • NOW £20.00
    Speed 36Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Virgin Media £20.00
    Speed 54Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Vodafone £22.00
    Speed 38Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
Large Availability | View All
The Top 20 Category Tags
  1. FTTP (4114)
  2. BT (3151)
  3. Politics (2117)
  4. Building Digital UK (2026)
  5. Openreach (1969)
  6. FTTC (1922)
  7. Business (1833)
  8. Mobile Broadband (1605)
  9. Statistics (1510)
  10. 4G (1378)
  11. FTTH (1371)
  12. Virgin Media (1277)
  13. Ofcom Regulation (1241)
  14. Fibre Optic (1234)
  15. Wireless Internet (1233)
  16. Vodafone (926)
  17. EE (905)
  18. 5G (898)
  19. TalkTalk (821)
  20. Sky Broadband (787)
Promotion
Helpful ISP Guides and Tips
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
Sponsored

Copyright © 1999 to Present - ISPreview.co.uk - All Rights Reserved - Terms , Privacy and Cookie Policy , Links , Website Rules , Contact