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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