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I just attended a seminar regarding Asiatic Hornet, very interesting and very worrying.

Apparently the first nest in France was near Sarlat in about 2004 (accidentally of deliberately the jury's still out). They have been gradually spreading north-westwards and were last year in Creuse and up as far as Nantes.

They are about the same size as a wasp and they are the only Frelon in France which is black and yellow as opposed to brown. It also has distinctive yellow legs.

The queen is prolific and also lays more queen eggs so they can dissipate more quickly. Nests can be anywhere from ground level to 30m (100ft) above the ground.

The biggest cause for concern is that they kill honey bees and can take over their hives. Hives can be protected with a metal strip with holes no more than 5mm diameter (Asiatic Frelon's limit is 7mm).

Link attached explains more,

13 May 2011, 10:18
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Hi pjprowler

They are awful creatures, imo!

We kill them, if we can get close enough to do that without putting ourselves at risk of being stung!

We once saw one decapitate a honey-bee in flight, right outside the kitchen window. Murder! :evil:

Thank you for posting.

Kindest regards

13 May 2011, 10:32
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Sledge hammer to crack a nut, the French government are thinking of introducing a parasitic fly which kills the Asiatic Frelon, bit of a worry as I reckon it might acquire the taste of other flying insects. Cane Toad syndrome I think.

All [nest] sightings must be reported to Dept Environment or Pompiers as they'll do the donkey work.

They are not particularly aggressive, unless you upset them, but wear proper clothing if approaching with intent.

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You are right to draw peoples attention to this again. It has been discussed several times in the last couple of years and there are also photos of nests and the hornets on the older threads if anyone is curious what they look like.

As for reporting sightings to the authorities my experience is that the pompiers will only get involved if the nests are in a situation which may endanger the public. When I found a nest in my garden, a metre off the ground, my local Mairies were not interested as it was just one of many.

13 May 2011, 12:33

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Had some in our orchard last year and our neighbour showed us a simple trap to cull them using a plastic bottle with the top cut off at the shoulder. The top is then inverted and then stuffed back into the top of the bottle, an inch or so of beer (sorry) poured in, then the trap is wired to the trunk or branch of the fruit tree.
I used six traps last year and had to empty them regularly because of the large number of hornets, wasps and flies trapped.
Regards, Lw

17 May 2011, 02:28
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Aye that's an excellent trap, the lecturer showed a similar one that he uses...he also showed photos of his "brilliant method" of using an industrial vacuum cleaner, 50 feet up in the air to suck 'em all out!

Don't fancy that idea too much!

You could also try making a vacuum box, attached to a vacuum cleaner on terra firma; Vacuum cleaner with a sufficiently long hose to a box with a fine mesh, an exit hose without filter can then be pointed in the direction of whatever you want to suck up. Some bee keepers use this method to catch a queen bee or relocate a swarm. Don't forget the box will need to be sufficiently air tight to maintain suction. You will need to use your best Blue Peter skills.

Bonne chance!

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