ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -

The nest was the size of two beach balls and had thousands of wasps inside.

Local 6 was there as bee removal specialists, Jason Deeringer and Jim Kunze, removed the yellow jacket nest that put a father and son in intensive care.

They used gorilla tape to cover any gaps in their bee suits, because the yellow jackets are that aggressive.

"They can sting multiple times - they can sting through fabric like a hot knife through butter, so it's very risky for somebody who doesn't know what they're doing," said Deeringer.

The nest had several openings. The men used smoke and soapy water to contain the wasps as they dug out the nest.

"We're experienced - and you have to be nuts, a little bit - to do something- like this but it's a small community and somebody has to do it," said Kunze, who helped pull the yellow jackets off David Alvarez and his 7-year-old son.

The duo disturbed the nest last week, while walking their dog through the wooded area on Mahogany Lane.

"It's kind of bittersweet - the boy's doing good and I'm hoping the father has a speedy recovery also," he said.

Alvarez is still at the hospital, according to his wife, who says he had an allergic reaction to the stings and has a breathing tube while recovering from pneumonia.