Are European Hornets Protected?

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Hornets and the Law

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Do Bristol’s Hornets Have Legal Protection? 

Do European Hornets Have Legal Protection?

None of the UK’s paper wasp species has any legal protection from professional control.

In other European countries like Germany, the Hornet enjoys a level of protection, but this is not the case in the UK. The British Isles have not been seen as a place where Hornets are in need of legitimate protection, but we hope in the coming years, Hornets will get some level of protection.

The reason some have not pushed for protection is the defence of our Honey Bees. Honey bees have had fluctuating populations and Hornets are significant aerial predators. 

Balance must be kept though, and nature balances its own books, no matter what our interference. A conundrum that will surely play out long after humans have gone.

How Common Are Hornets In Bristol?

Hornets in Bristol had been in decline, but the last ten years have seen Hornet numbers rising steadily, especially around the western side of the City of Bristol, through Failand and the Gordano Valley.

Now we are seeing signs that the Chew Valley is also enjoying a rise in Hornet populations.

Is The Asian Hornet In Bristol?

The Asian Hornet is 20% smaller than the European Hornet and was spotted in 2016, just south, and another nest just north of Bristol. We don’t think was an isolated incident, and are expecting to see more of these as we move through 2018 and beyond.

Asian Hornets are almost certainly present in Bristol, but identification is often vague unless carried out by professionals like ourselves.

Are Hornets Dangerous?

Hornets belong to a group of flying predators described as social or paper wasps. They live in large colonies that can number 1000 or more.

Disturbing a large Hornet’s nest is a very dangerous thing to do. The only saving grace in this scenario is that Hornets rely on their size to disable prey and not just their impressive sting.

people have reported that the reaction to Hornet stings is less serious than those of smaller social wasps. Sadly, this is not accurate when describing the pain experienced. 

Hornets have a very long sting, so inject much deeper into the skin, and their venom provides greater excitement of pain receptors than the venom of smaller wasps.

For this reason, it is safe to assume you will not suffer systemic complications as readily as you could with the sting of small er wasps, but my goodness, you know you’ve been stung!

Learn more about European Hornets with your local Bristol Pest Control services company WaspKill UK Pest Control

First Wasps Nest of 2018

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The First Wasps Nest in Bristol in 2018.

WIll 2018 Be A Wasp Season To Remember?

An amazing queen wasp stands guard over the first wasp nest in Bristol to be reported to us in 2018! The last bumper wasp season (June-September) was 2010. 

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first wasps nest of 2018 in a garden shed.

Are Early Wasps Nests A Problem?

Wasps nest in April and May are usually small, just like the one pictured above. The image was taken in mid-May 2018 in a garden shed in Redland, Bristol.

By June a wasp nest will have tripled in size, becoming a very different beast!

The first brood (larvae or grubs) was already developing inside the nest pictured and it would be only a week or so before they hatched and nest building went into full swing.

Are Wasps Nests Dangerous?

Wasps in your attic, home or garden are not always a serious problem. Wasps will only be interested in building the nest until mid-June.

As we move further into summer and mid-August, anyone nearby the nest will likely be affected by the mass of activity it now wields.

Mature wasps nests can contain over 10000 wasps, and you don’t need to be a genius to understand the dangers these might pose.

When To Treat Wasps Nests

Wasps nests in your shed can grow quickly because the shed will heat up very easily when the sun beats down on it. The perfect brood chamber for insects like wasps and bees!

Some wasps nests will only grow to the size of a small football, while other develop into monsters, the size of washing machines.

Our advice is simple – control nests early before they cause structural damage or injury.

Get help with Bristol Wasps.

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