Impact on bee colonies
The Asian hornet hovers around the hive’s entrance, watching for bees, causing major stress for the colonies.
The inability of bees to forage freely due to the havoc caused by the hornet, leads to starvation of the bees, subsequently causing their death. In addition to bees, this hornet attacks a huge variety of insects, posing a major threat to biodiversity.
In some countries (e.g. France), the Asian hornet is now classified as a national hazard, allowing professionals and local authorities to propose approved control programs. The State also finances studies on the monitoring and effectiveness of control methods.