Large Asian Hornet Nests Found In Abandoned House Promoting Fresh Warnings

Earlier this month, a large nest of Asian hornets was found in an abandoned house in St Brelades, a town on the Channel Island in the UK. This has raised alarms among both locals and scientists because Asian hornets are considered an invasive species in the UK.

Authorities are warning people to be vigilant about these hornets and their nests for safety and to prevent further spread in the UK.

The nest found in Jersey is one of the largest discovered in the UK this year, measuring about 15 inches and containing around 1,500 hornets. This brings the total number of nests found this year to 171, an increase of 71 from the previous year. This increase has caused concern that efforts to prevent the species from spreading further into the UK might be failing.

The Asian hornet, or Vespa velutina nigrithorax, is originally from Southeast Asia but has become problematic in many parts of the world. They are invasive because they displace local hornet populations and disrupt ecosystems.

Asian hornets prey on bees, threatening honeybee populations and the pollination they provide. They can also be aggressive toward humans, making their presence worrying.

Asian hornets first arrived in Europe via southern France, likely through a ship. They have since spread across Europe, including the UK. The Channel Islands, like St Brelades, are especially vulnerable due to their proximity to mainland Europe.

If you encounter an Asian hornet nest, it is important to handle the situation carefully. Asian hornets can nest in various places such as houses, trees, shrubs, and orchards, seeking warm spots to hide during winter. Here are some steps to follow if you find a nest:

  1. Observe and Report: Do not disturb or try to remove the nest yourself. Note its location and report it to local authorities, like the UK’s Animal and Plant Health Agency.
  2. Maintain Distance: Stay away from the nest and avoid provoking the hornets, as they can be aggressive and their stings can be dangerous, especially for those allergic.
  3. Educate Yourself: Learn about Asian hornet behavior and appearance to understand the risks and avoid accidental encounters.
  4. Protect Your Property: If a nest is near your home, seal any cracks or openings to prevent hornets from entering.
  5. Seek Professional Help: If you suspect an Asian hornet nest on your property, contact professional pest control services for safe and effective removal.

The discovery of the nest in St Brelades highlights the importance of being aware of and reporting Asian hornet sightings. These invasive insects pose a threat to local ecosystems and bee populations. By following safety guidelines and seeking expert help, we can help control the spread of Asian hornets and protect our environment.

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