Beekeepers’ Guidelines

Be prepared! Know what the Asian Hornet looks like.

Download the Identification Leaflet from the NBU & See photo below

Study this insect via web resources as much as you can. We need to know it well.

Traps: need to be out from 1st March to the 31st of October. Asian Hornet queens start flying early.

Check the NBU website for baits if unsure

If you think you have seen an Asian Hornet but you are not sure or need help in verifying a sighting:

  • Take a photograph if you can.  
  • Contact Guildford Division action co-ordinator - Jonathan Brookhouse on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07768 376265 to help you verify. He will contact the appropriate team member that can visit you as a first response to help confirmation either by trapping a specimen or photographing one.

Action to be taken on Sighting an Asian Hornet:

  • Make a note of where and when it was seen/caught.
  • Report to the NNSS –   http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm?id=4  they will take no further action until evidence - a specimen or photograph of the Asian Hornet is produced.  
  • Report to our Bee Inspector at the NBU – Sandra Gray on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile No: 07775 119430 or 01787 211531
  • Report & send evidence to the National Bee Unit (NBU) http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=117

The NBU will require evidence before any official action is taken.  All received reports are assessed to verify credibility of each report.  The full eradication procedure is not put in motion until a sample has been received and confirmed.

Asian Hornet