This is a letter written to the BBKA President, Margaret Murdin, received from Defra Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity Lord Gardiner of Kimble about Asian Hornets in which he praises the Asian Hornet Action Teams.
If you do not have “Suterra” hornet lure then you can make up your own mixture using – 1/3 each wine, beer and Ribena….and add to that glucose powder or Honet to sweeten the mixture right up.
A word of warning; all these skills and protocols so carefully thought out and acquired may never be used. An Asian Hornet queen may never visit your area let alone a tree near your apiary, and worker hornets may never be seen flying round your hives or hawking your bees out of the air in front of your apiary.
The threat posed by vespa velutina nigrithorax, to give it its full Latin and variant name, may be transient in the UK. It may be that we only ever have to deal with accidental importations, giving us a good chance of preventing endemic presence. We will do this by being vigilant and spotting the vagrants and importees and knocking out primary and secondary nests before the new queens are produced.
The very presence of AHATs to identify and locate Vespa velutina and their nests is going to give us that advantage and is the reason for Associations setting them up. The movement is gathering pace and we hope this website will be a focus for all Asian Hornet Action Teams to concentrate information, skill knowledge, and incident intelligence of Vespa velutina.
If you have suspicions of there being an Asian Hornet nest near you please use this contact form to report the sighting.