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Amongst the enemies of bees, man is considered the worst, for the many irresponsible methods he practices in agriculture, such as the excessive use of pesticides. The beekeeper, however, must look after the welfare of his bees by protecting not only the environment, but also the bees from natural enemies such as diseases and parasites, insectivorous birds, and the notorious killer hornets: predatory insects that attack bees, especially in the summer-autumn period.
 

Among the predators of bees are the Vespa crabro (European hornet) and the Vespa velutina, which are the most dangerous hornets to bees. These predators cause huge damage to beekeepers by attacking bees during the summer, not only while they are coming back to their beehives, loaded with pollen, but also by hovering by the steps of the beehives - thus causing great distress to the whole bee family. At times, these predators go to the extent of flying inside the beehive to attack the bees. 
 

The traps for wasps and hornets, eco-friendly and very effective, come in three kinds, each suitable to particular times of the year. Used correctly, these traps offer the apiary constant and effective defence from predatory insects.


Traps for wasps in spring: Tap Trap and Vaso Trap prevent the proliferation of colonies by capturing the founding queens as early as March.


Wasp traps in summer: Sfera Trap is the protein trap with glue to be placed directly in the apiary to reduce the pressure of the predator during the summer months (July-August).

 

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Vespa velutina
Vespa crabro, vespa mandarinia, vespula germanica and common wasp

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

After inserting the two 1.5V AA batteries (not included), insert the luminaire into its seat inside one of the semispheres. Sfera Trap is now ready to be assembled - How to do it

 

Before applying the glue, wrap the sphere with a transparent plastic film (such as cling film, or two clear shower cups); then apply a suitable glue.

In the event of loss of adhesion, the glue can be reapplied several times.

 

In addition to using only glue, or glue and attractants on it, Sfera Trap can also support insecticides and pheromones.

 

Practical advice: Use disposable gloves in the preparation of the sphere and the various products used. To avoid damage from possible spillage of glue, place a protective sheet underneath the sphere, such as cardboard or paper. In the eventuality of glue spillages these can be removed using white spirit or turpentine - How to do it

 
🔆 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

 

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