All wasps can cause problems in the active season, especially when they establish a nest in an unwanted place. Finding a wasp nest in a shed or an empty roof is the last thing anyone wants.
When you do find an established wasp nest of any kind, it is best to call the professionals to deal with the situation. Your local certified pest controller will be able to deal with the issue in an efficient and safe way.
The Asian or yellow-legged Hornet Vespa Velutina is species of wasp that is now well established in across mainland Europe. First detected in France in 2005, it is thought that the Asian Hornet was accidentally transported from Asia in 2004.
The UK now has had confirmed sightings every year since 2016 so the Asian hornet is a problem for us in the UK but not near as much as in Europe.
Although not a large issue in the UK now, it is a concern for ecologists who have studied the spread of the hornet in Europe. Being able to identify the Asian hornet and differentiate it from the European Hornet, Vespa Crabo is a valuable skill.
Finding an Asian Hornet queen in spring before she establishes a nest is a highly effective way to control them; doing this can stop 10,000 hornets being born in one nest and 200-300 virgin queens at the end of the season. These virgin queens overwinter, and the next season establish their own nests.
The Asian Hornet mirrors the European hornet behaviour around its own nest and is defensive within a range of the nest to protect the young.
The European Hornet can cause problems for beekeepers as can wasps when their diet changes from carbohydrate to protein later in the year. However, the Asian Hornet is much more efficient than its European counterpart. When attacking bee hives it can destroy the precious brood. If the honey bee colony is not strong enough to defend the hive, the Asian Hornet can destroy a honey bee colony very quickly, causing problems for beekeepers everywhere.
The best way to detect and protect against wasp species of all kinds is to use a wasp trap. A trap with bait will coax the wasp away from the bee hive.
New for this year Andermatt have an affordable sustainable solution, the Tap Trap.
Simply clip the Tap Trap to a recycled plastic drinks bottle and fill the trap with Andermatt wasp attractant. which has a patented bee deterrent. Our attractant. can be used safely in your apiary or garden and will not harm the beneficial bees pollinating your plants.
Tap Trap is an affordable, sustainable, and effective way to control wasps in the garden.