A fire service drone was attacked by Asian hornets as it was sent to scout out a nest

The drone, operated by crews from Jersey Fire and Rescue Service,
soared up into the canopy of trees near La Crete Quarry, St Martin, to
do reconnaissance for pest control as they made plans to remove it.
Frank Raimbault, of Pestokill Environmental, said crews might come
back and use chainsaws to get through the tree canopy, before putting
a net over the nest and spraying it with pesticides.
Bob Hogge, of the Jersey Beekeepers Association, said: “It is vital that
we get rid of the nest in the next few weeks before the queens emerge
because there are about 200 queens in each nest and once they’re out
and mated they’re lost to us. And if each one of those makes a nest
like this one, very soon the island will be overrun.”
How do you find an Asian hornet’s nest?
Mr Hogge said he and colleagues had been using a variety of
techniques to track hornets around the island for the past five weeks.
They marked hornets and measured how long it took them to fly
between their nest and specialised bait they had put down to find the
When the beekeepers thought they had closed the distance between
themselves and a nest, they called the Department for the
Environment, which helped them find it.
He said there could be as many as four other secondary nests on the
island, formed after a queen creates enough drones in a smaller initial
Tim Du Feu, of the Department for the Environment, said the hornets
were an “environmental risk” to all the island’s pollinators, including
bees, dragonflies and wasps.
He has asked the public to report any sightings of nests, so they can
be removed quickly.
Further nest searches are taking place in the St Brelade’s area.

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