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Post by Vicino on Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:09 am

We have a 'flock' (ha !) of calabroni flying in and out from under a roof tile, looking as if they may be nesting. They are at a height whereby I would be stretching to my absolute limits up a ladder 5 mtrs high if I want to 'zigzag' them. An element of risk !

Does anyone know if they die off in the winter, if so I could just leave them ?

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Post by Admin on Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:47 am

Hmmm, we had some in the garden this summer but it got too hot for them and they left. We were told by our local bee keeper to dismantle where they were nesting so they don't come back.

Maybe the cold will make them leave but if they do, get rid of the nets and make sure they cant make another.
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Post by Flip on Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:16 pm

V you need one of these..   Hornet trap.
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Post by Vicino on Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:29 pm

Wow Flip !!

That looks so simple and effective, I'll see what I can do !

Thanks,

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Post by Sagraiasolar on Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:14 am

I've zapped a few of these (I'm the local bee keeper) ... the good news is that once you have sprayed them they don't go back to that site in subsequent years.  For the winter they board up the entrance with a cardboard like stuff so you might have to poke a hole in that to get at them.  I've heard that diesel on the tiles keeps them away but it sounds like you'll need a man with a veil up a ladder,  Vigile di fuoco might oblige.
Meanwhile don't fall for the classic sting from the outside light over the front door where they congregate at night waiting to drop down the back of your shirt when you get to the door.  That's how our friend was nearly killed and just saved with an epi pen.
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Post by Sagraiasolar on Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:46 am

and ..... my wife was on the south downs way near Steyning last week and heard that familiar fear inducing drone ... sure enough there it was - Calabrone in England for sure.
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Post by Vicino on Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:06 am

Thanks y'all, Sagriasolar, I did a google search and.......

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3111534/It-s-invasion-huge-European-hornet-spotted-anxious-British-public-seek-solace-extremely-aggressive-two-inch-insects-feed-BEES-paving-way-arrival-deadly-Asian-cousins.html

Thx !

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Re: Calabroni

Post by Vicino on Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:48 am

Update:

Calabroni 'dealt' with ! Many thanks for assistance from y'all !

A tad wet today................. Sad 

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