Asian hornets

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Asian hornets

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A few weeks ago we were aware of what we thought was a small, developing wasp nest high up under the roof of our hangar. Recently we'd both noticed the fast increasing size of the nest. The other day I mentioned to Biggles that the wasps looked rather large............. Today he was concerned about how large the nest now is (a bit smaller than a football) and how busy the occupants are, so he did some research. When I got home from shopping he asked me to phone the mairie urgently to seek advice. We then thought to ring our local ex chasse president who is a very keen beekeeper with loads of bee hives in the area. He arrived a bit later in his van from where he confirmed that the nest is definitely one of Asian hornets. Because it's in the hangar and above a load of inflammatory material, he won't burn it but will return with our neighbouring pheasant farmer friend and between them they'll remove the nest and put it in a freezer. He did say that this nest is a 'primaire' and that lately he'd dealt with one 60cm in diameter. I'm glad he didn't ask if I had enough freezer space ...............

Hopefully, they'll return around dusk and do the deed. All doors and windows are now tightly shut and I just pray that should anything go wrong, the hornets don't set off towards the horses' paddock.

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Re: Asian hornets

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Goodness, Veem, I do hope that they manage to dispose of it safely and that you, they and the horses will be OK. I would think that they’ll be in protective suits to do the deed, but I would have expected them to use something like the ‘bombe’ aerosol such as was used on wasp nests in our external aircon unit in France.

Good luck!

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Re: Asian hornets

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Done & Dusted! Less than 5 minutes and the nest is in a black bag, tied and destined for someone's freezer. Very efficient and no cost to us. :good:

It wouldn't surprise me to learn, in a few days time, that they'll sell it to Pascal, the Chef, as a much-prized Charentaise delicacy, for €50. ;)
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Re: Asian hornets

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I'm pleased for you both that it's gone, but interested as to why it has to be frozen?

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Re: Asian hornets

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I assume that it's humane and easy and you don't need to open the bag! :good: :lol:
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Re: Asian hornets

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Do these hornets come out at night? We were outside a couple of evenings ago with the lights on and we were invaded by 20 or 30 what appeared to be hornets ( they were 2+mm long). They didn't seem to be particularly aggressive towards us but gathered in groups on the outside walls.

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Re: Asian hornets

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2mm - that is not very big at all. Did you mean 2 cm?

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Re: Asian hornets

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Hornets generally return to their nest at dusk, and become less active, when dealing with them it's the preferred time.

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That was my feeling too, but I could not find anything specific to Asian Hornets.

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Re: Asian hornets

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exile wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:23 pm
2mm - that is not very big at all. Did you mean 2 cm?
Sorry, correct 2 cm

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