Whoever says the return of the beautiful days says the return of the barbecues on your terrace and the afternoons lounging in your deck chair … But the beautiful days have also been synonymous for a few years with a much less likable return: that of the Asian hornets . These bee killers, which are dangerous for humans, also select the first rays of sun that penetrate our gardens …
Look up at the treetops, it wouldn’t be surprising to see these huge protuberances, their nests! And if you want to protect the bees and, by the way, yourself, now is the time to set up the Asian hornet traps … Here’s how!
The Asian hornet has been included in the list of health hazards (2nd category) for honey bees since 2012. And all of France. However, there is still a need to intelligently capture these pests for bees, which can also prove dangerous to humans. A single Asian hornet can kill up to 70 bees a day … an entire beehive can be wiped out in just a few weeks.
So now we have to try to catch the Asian Queen Hornet before the month of May. But especially before they nest and begin their inexorable destruction of the bees.
Why now ?
The first workers will be born around May 1st, so the queen is outside at that moment … On the other hand, she will be in the nest of the first workers born and lay about 100 eggs a day until autumn.!
Additionally, if you see a nest of Asian hornets, recognizable by its conical shape and size, report it to your elected officials. And if the nest is in your house, be sure to contact a professional (not the fire department) to safely destroy it.
A horn trap. Photo Credit: Shutterstock / Shocking
What traps for Asian hornets?
To make an Asian hornet trap you will need:
A plastic bottle like mineral water An old coat hanger or a hook to hang it up 100 ml lager or dark beer 100 ml white wine (because bees hate it) And to attract them, 100 ml black currant syrup
All you have to do is mix the three liquids in a bottle and drill a couple of holes (3 or 4) 1cm in diameter … the hornets will be able to enter but not come out. There are also systems that are attached to the neck of the bottle. This makes it possible not to pierce the bottle and hang it up without tinkering! The traps must be renewed regularly and left in place at least from the beginning of March to the end of April … Our bees are essential for our environment and our biodiversity, they must be protected!
We also invite you to watch one of the last videos from Etienne LGF, a beekeeper and specialist in pest and pest control.