Asian hornet found in Devon, UK
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.
This is the first confirmed sighting since last year, when a nest was discovered in the Tetbury area in Gloucestershire.
That Asian hornet incursion was successfully contained by bee inspectors who promptly tracked down and destroyed the nest.
Work to identify, destroy and remove any nests is already underway, which includes:
- setting up a surveillance zone around North Devon
- opening a local control centre to coordinate the response
- deploying bee inspectors across the area who will use infrared cameras and traps to track hornets and locate any nests
- readying nest disposal experts who will use pesticides to kill the hornets and destroy any nests. ■