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Timely alert on Asian hornets

Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) nest

Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) nest – indoors for once!

With leaves falling and exposing Asian hornet nests high in the tree canopy, Southern French beekeepers say that the next two weeks is the time to destroy the nests.

With the cold about to set in, the Asian hornet queens will soon leave their nests for their winter nooks and crannies. Eliminating queens now, they say, will likely reduce the number of colonies next year.

Meanwhile, a French tractor-driving farmer accidentally hit a nest and died from the stings.

Philippe Grosvalet, president of Loire-Atlantique departmental council, is calling for the hornet to become a “category 1 health danger” after the attack. At the moment they are a Category 2 nuisance.

See Vita’s hornet trap video here.

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