PestEx TechnicalWednesday 20 March 2019FreeInsect control

Protecting Jersey from Asian hornets

Bob will look at the progression of Vespa velutina nigrithorax across Europe and Jersey’s attempts to slow its progress, the methods used to find the nests and what’s involved in organising against this serious predator of honey bees and other pollinators.

15.00 - 15.45

Bob will consider the types of nest likely to be found at different times of year and ways to destroy or remove them, the protection and equipment that is used.

With help from pest controllers, Bob has been developing techniques to remove nests alive and kill the hornets without the use of pesticides so that they are available for research and education and why live removal is the only option in some situations.

This talk is for:

  • Anyone interested in the biology, behaviour and identification of Asian hornets
  • Pest controllers or companies who are serious about preventing the spread of invasive species
  • Anyone who wants to be entertained by the incredibly charismatic Mr Hogg and his adventures.

Bob Hogg

SPEAKER: Bob Hogg, Absolute Pest Control and Jersey Bee Keepers Association 

From a standing start in July 2017 Bob has become an accidental expert on the Asian hornet Vespa velutina and is one of the few people stupid enough to have kept them as pets. He is a former President of the Jersey Beekeepers’ Association and while he has done many things in his life, he is happy to admit to having few talents. He is, he says, “like a duck: always dabbling with his bum in the air and is a little quackers.”

His first pet was a wasp, which he describes as a short-lived relationship which ended painfully for both parties. This hasn’t stopped him from being interested in all the things that others would prefer to avoid.

This seminar is free for anyone attending PestEx

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