Asian hornet found in Devon, UKStaff Writer | September 27, 2017
The National Bee Unit confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet at an apiary near Woolacombe in Devon.
Pollinators The National Bee Unit
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. ■