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Asian Hornet

Vespa velutina

Vespa velutina is a type of hornet originating in South-East Asia. An active predator of worker bees, it has widely spread to France and Spain.  In 2012, the Asian hornet also reached Italy where it has since caused considerable losses to beehives, as well as extensive damage to fruit crops.


Like all flying pests that we need to defend ourselves from, prevention is essential to stop this predator: we need to be informed so as to choose the most efficient traps against Vespa velutina.


The early spring trapping of the Asian hornet founding queens, using Tap Trap® (bottle traps) or Vaso Trap® (jar traps), is essential to slow down the proliferation of its population. The most effective trapping method consists in the placing of the bio traps in green areas, or around the apiaries, with beer as bait. During our trials it has in fact been found that in spring beer is the substance that Asian hornets are most attracted to.


But the right method for mass trapping does not end here: it is in summer that the presence of Asian hornets is most overwhelming, when they are hunting for bees - which constitute an ideal protein meal to feed their larvas waiting in the nests. In summer the sweet substances are no longer interesting to Vespa velutina; this is when we need to replace our traps with Sfera Trap, the protein trap, with pâté for cats as bait. Sfera trap is placed directly in the apiary, between two beehives.  

 

Click on the Vespa velutina traps to see how to use them. 

The traps that can help you are

Use the following recipes

WASPS, HORNETS, ASIAN HORNET (Vespa velutina) - Tap Trap

Half litre of beer + 2 tablespoon of sugar or honey

Alternatively: Half litre of water + 3 tablespoons of sugar or honey + a glass of vinegar

Alternatively: Sweet white wine (or white wine sweetened with sugar or honey) + 20 to 30 millilitres of mint syrup (roughly equivalent to a small glass)

 

Asian hornet: we do suggest to use these baits for the spring and autumn trapping

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WASPS, HORNETS, ASIAN HORNET (Vespa velutina) - Vaso Trap

350 ml of beer + 2 tablespoon of sugar or honey

Alternatively: 200 ml of water + 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey + a glass of vinegar

Alternatively: 350 ml of sweet white wine (or white wine sweetened with sugar or honey) + 20 to 30 ml of mint syrup (roughly equivalent to a small glass)

 

Asian hornet: we do suggest to use these baits for the spring and autumn trapping

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🔆 SFERA TRAP FOR BEEHIVES - against wasps and hornets 🔆

IMPORTANT: Sfera Trap is used in apiary in summer time, leaving out its LED luminaire, to reduce the pressure caused by bees predators (wasps, hornets and Vespa velutina) on beehives 

It should be positioned when the pressure of the Asian hornet increases (usually in summer time) until the end of the summer, using a proteinaceous bait.


Assemble the two semispheres and then wrap the trap with a transparent plastic film (such as cling film, or two clear shower cups). Then apply a suitable glue.
 

HOW TO: see the video or read the instructions