The first nest of Asian giant hornets found in the US has successfully been destroyed by scientists.
The nest, in the state of Washington, was found by putting tracker devices on the hornets and it was sucked out of a tree using a vacuum hose.
The invasive species insects, known as “murder hornets”, have a powerful sting and can spit venom.
They target honeybees, which pollinate crops, and can destroy a colony in just a matter of hours.
See the BBC News link.
Wasps are making their appearance felt now around the hives.
To keep the pesky invaders out:
Reduce the entrance size of the hive, probably opened fully during the recent hot weather, to give the bees a smaller area to defend.
Put out wasp traps, these can be bought or easily made with a jam jar with a hole made in the lid or from a plastic drinks bottle as shown. Jam attracts wasps, but not bees. Do not use honey in the bait of course.
Be tidy and keep rubbish away from the apiary, which could attract wasps and other pests!
Just to remind all beekeepers that we will be hosting the National Bee Unit’s, ‘Beekeeper Advice Surgery’, on Saturday July 15th from 2pm until 5pm at the Picton Centre, Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP, which will cover bee diseases etc. Details on this can be obtained NBU Advice Surgeries Flyer 2017.
We strongly recommend that you make every effort to attend for the sake of your bees!
All beekeepers and would be beekeepers are welcome!!