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HUGE HORNET

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by RyRy, May 20, 2014.

  1. RyRy

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    I'm sure as always someone on here will have some idea of what I'm talking about.

    There's a HUGE hornet that's been flying around the garden over the last few weeks. I'm not exaggerating when I say this thing is about half the size of a sparrow. My biggest worry is that we currently have a friendly nest of bumble bees in one of our bird boxes and I've seen videos before of hornets destroying them and bee hives. Every now and then the hornet seems to do a rece of the bumble bee nest and fly of again, I'd imagine some time soon it's going to return with friends and batter them. I was quite tempted to take a shot at the b****r with an air rifle but don't want it to come for me or miss and hit the bumble bee nest and scare them off!
    Would I be right in saying it's one of the Asian hornets that seem to be slowly gathering in numbers over here in the UK?

    Many thanks

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    I've seen those big hornets when abroad and they are a bloody nightmare, I'm sure they stalk you! Don't know much about them other than I think they do feed on bees!
    They used to always gather around the diesel generators for some reason, maybe the fumes attracted them. Get the tennis racquet out and good luck!
     
  3. RyRy

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    The beast would probably put a hole in a tennis racquet hahaha. Was debating using one of those electric ones but I think it would just annoy it and not kill it!
     
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    Been watching videos on that today. A guy took a close range shot at a normal wasp and it laughed it off and chased him down the garden. I think I'll pass on firing it at a Hornet!
     
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    Can't you bait it onto a suitable surface and shoot it?:D:up:
     
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    Ideally. But every time I'm in the garden at the same time as it it likes to play chase!
     
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    A tin of hairspray and a lighter should sort the b****r. :D
     
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    Actually if you manage to kill it without damaging it (fly killer), I wouldn't mind it! I dry stuff like that out and frame it up.


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    I'll do my best! It's a big b****r as well so I'd imagine it would look quite good actually
     
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    Is it an infamous Chinese Hornet?

    Just google it and be scared.

    I didn't know anything about them until I got chatting to the park keeper. Turns out he's a beekeeper too and all beekeepers have been alerted by DEFRA to keep an eye out for them. Anyone finding one or a nest are told to contact their local council pest control and not to tackle it themselves as the stongs can kill.

    Huge b*****s. They eat bees as well.
     
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    Yeah that's what I think it is. Because it's a LOT larger than a native hornet. Already heard of recent deaths relating to their stings.
     
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    I saw a fapping massive Hornet up the club recently, buzzing around beneath the undercover firing point. It was about 2" long; which after some research makes it sound like the Asian variant. Will put one in it if I see it again and get the chance!
     
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    Can you not make a hornet trap and drowned the b****r?
    Or a get a flammenwerfer.
     
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    The mrs called me the other morning as im drivin home her words were theres a Big f#$@in bee in the kitchen deal with it iv trapped him under the bowl.
    We all no what there like so im makin a brew and remember so roll the trusty paper up lift the bowl and drop it jesus it was that be i thought pickfords must of brought it. So i take stock on it lift the bowl and belt it 1 i swear i heard is that it as my beating didnt kill it so i ended up looking like vini jones in lock stock (car door blokes head) anyway i kill it take it outside and it was still moving i used the broom on it to make sure. Then googled it and read these things cause 60 deaths a yr in asia and there i am been the man of the house.

    Ñext she deals with it herself
     
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    Tha huge Hornet may be a queen looking for somewhere to nest. If it is a she and she chooses your garden then there will be loads of them in the coming months. They are easily drawn into large wasp traps. Google wasp trap and make a big one. Good luck.
     
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    "Make a big one"

    This thing is gunna look like an enclosure from Jurassic park, trust me.
     
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    If I stick a wasp trap out will the bumble bees not go in it? The last thing I want to do is kill any of those furry little fellas.
     
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    It definitely looks like a queen but I can tell you now for free that it is a LOT bigger than 3cm.
     

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