I wasn’t ready for this! I should say I wasn’t ready to see two of my hives covered in the Japanese giant hornet (Vespa
Since spring I
Armed with a fly swat I attempted to rid the hive from the attacking hornets. Not a brilliant plan, but the only thing I could do. Of course it didn’t work the Hornets turned their attention to me, luckily I was wearing my thick motorbike pants and jacket (I hadn’t planned fight hornets)
After killing about five hornets, yes five. I decided that my “swat and run” strategy was not gonna work and I was probably going to die. ( giant hornets kill up to 50 people per year in Japan).
Anyway not to tempt fate, I decided to go and buy the best weapon known to the Japanese beekeeper. No, not a flamethrower. A mousetrap, a sticky…. very sticky mousetrap.
Final result : 250 dead hornets, One hive lost. One hive saved but damaged, the hornets chewed through wood to enter the hive.