Pest Control News

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Asian Hornets

News Blast---Asian Hornets

Summer months means sitting outside, enjoying the sunshine, long warm evenings for socialising, the last thing you need is to be harassed by a wasp/hornet. Here you will find some interesting information about a new species to the UK called the Asian hornet and a little bit about why they are not so welcome!


Asian hornets were first sighted in the UK in 2016. Although these sightings may be few and far between, these hornets pose a huge threat to our native honey bees and pollinators. Asian hornets are considered an invasive species. As we enter August, Asian hornets are at their peak for activity. With the warm months preceding and more to follow, it is important to keep an eye out! 

So what does an Asian hornet look like? They are typically smaller than native UK hornets. They have black/brown bodies with one yellow ring near the tail end, with yellow tipped legs and an orange face with red eyes. 


Here are some tips to try and avoid meeting one. Like other stinging insects, they are attracted to food and drink so it is good practice to clean up any spillages in the kitchen and remove any food off counter tops. In the early summer months they are particularly attracted to ‘sweetness’, so things like fresh fruit is a favourite for them. Ensure rubbish bin lids are secure and away from doorways and windows. 


Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you require advice or our services. 





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