Breaking News: Scottish Government has confirmed that a single Asian Hornet has been found at a retail warehouse in the central belt of Scotland. Traps have been set and beekeepers informed.

Traps have been set and the pest control industry and beekeepers have been advised to be alert. All club apiaries in Scotland are being sent official traps to catch Asian Hornets.

The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees.

The first Asian hornet confirmed in the UK was discovered in the Tetbury area iin October last year. A nest in the area was found and destroyed. No further live Asian hornets have been sighted in the area since the nest was removed.

The Asian hornet arrived in France in 2004 and is now common across large areas of Europe. It was discovered for the first time in Jersey and Alderney last summer.

Further advice can be found on the National Bee Unit website including the husbandry advice below: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/

 

Husbandry Advice:

It is very important that beekeepers remain vigilant and monitor their apiaries and surrounding forage for any Asian hornet activity. At this time of the year, Asian hornets can be seen foraging on the ivy for nectar and preying on other foraging insects for protein.

Traps should also be hung out and closely monitored. When using bait, please refrain from using light beer or larger mixed with sugar as this does not work. In France a Dark beer, mixed with 25ml of strawberry syrup and 25ml of orange liqueur has proven to work well.

Additionally, a protein bait of mashed fish e.g. prawns or trout, diluted to 25% has also proven effective. Anyone wishing to make their own traps may find the following factsheet useful: How to make a homemade Asian hornet monitoring trap.

You can also find wasp and hornet traps (Vaso traps) on the BBKA website: http://www.bbka.org.uk/shop/product/wasp-trap/

Please continue to monitor your own apiaries using hornet traps and encourage those whom you know are not registered on our database to sign up.

 

For further information and interviews:

Please contact: Diane Roberts BBKA press officer

diane.roberts@bbka.org.uk

07841-625797

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