Vespa velutina

In France, control of the Asian hornet is based on the destruction of the nests that are found and on the trapping of queens or hunting workers. Although recommendations are issued concerning what types of traps should be used and during what periods, with a view to minimising damage to the local fauna, this method is not specific enough. In Switzerland, the authorities are preparing for the discovery of the first nests by offering an identification service, and some cantons are training specialists in the destruction of the nests. Insects found which are suspected of being Vespa velutina,or photos of these insects, should be sent to the Bee Health Service for identification.