What to do if you see Asian Hornets or a nest ?

What to do if you see Asian Hornets or a nest ?

The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina), also known as the yellow-legged hornet or Asian predatory wasp. It is of concern as an invasive species , confirmed sightings now in the UK

The yellow-legged hornet is a social wasp species that builds egg-shaped paper nests which can become huge, with an average of 6,000 workers. Native to tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia, the species can be fatal to other insects such as BEE hives which is of great concern

Controlling Asian hornets is important to mitigate their potential impact on local ecosystems and biodiversity. If you suspect the presence of Asian hornets in your area, here are some steps you should take:

  1. Sightings : It is crucial you report any possible sightings so experts can take quick and effective action to eradicate Asian hornets. The best way is to use the ‘Asian Hornet Watch‘ app to record and report any sightings. However, if you haven’t downloaded the app yet then send your photos and videos by email to: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk
  2. Do Not Disturb Nests: Asian hornet nests can be large and aggressive. It’s important not to try to remove or disturb nests on your own, as it can be dangerous. Instead, contact professionals with experience in hornet nest removal.
  3. Use Traps: These traps are designed to capture hornets without harming other beneficial insects. Wasp/hornet trap with Trappit Bee safe bait
  4. Preventive Measures: Be cautious about unintentionally attracting hornets by avoiding leaving food or sugary substances exposed, and sealing trash containers tightly. Also, consider using fine mesh screens on windows and doors to prevent their entry into buildings.

Asian hornets are particularly

Remember, it’s essential to prioritize the safety of both humans and the environment when dealing with invasive species. Consulting with local experts and authorities will help ensure that appropriate and responsible measures are taken to control Asian hornets.