EXPERTS have issued an urgent warning about deadly Asian hornets – and it could mean bad news for your supermarket store.
The government wants to eradicate the invasive pests that pose a deadly threat to British bees.
Now beekeeper Chris Coulson has revealed what you need to do if you think you’ve spotted an Asian hornet’s nest.
He told that Hull Daily Mail: “Destroying these nests prevents the construction of larger nests in the summer.”
“Please do not confuse a wasp nest with an early Asian hornet nest.
“Observe it from a safe distance to see what type of insect it uses.
He added: “If you see or think you have seen an Asian hornet’s nest, do not touch it.”
“Take a photo of the location and then contact the Alien Species Secretariat by email at Alertnonnativ@ceh.ac.uk or the National Bee Unit.”
Asian hornets can devour 60 bees a day by biting their heads off – and could soon lead to honey shortages in supermarkets.
Expert Roger Simpson told the Independent: “They are a predator of all pollinators.”
“So this isn’t just a niche problem for beekeepers.
“Yes, Asian hornets feed on honey bees, but they feed on all of our native pollinators.”
“If left unchecked, they endanger our food supply and lead to food shortages and rising prices.”
Asian hornet nests hang droopy in sheltered places such as sheds, porches, attics, garages and hedges.
They can be as big as a tennis ball and usually appear in early spring.