Deadly Asian hornets set to invade Kent

Picture Courtesy of the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), Crown Copyright

Picture Courtesy of the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), Crown Copyright

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Swarms of killer hornets, which have claimed the lives of six people in France, are on the brink of invading Kent.

The deadly Asian hornet arrived in the continent in 2004 and is spreading towards the south coast.
They can grow up to 3cm and have a highly poisonous sting that can cause death through kidney failure or anaphylactic shock.

The government’s Environmental Audit Commission’s recently released report into invasive species said: “Some invasive species have direct human health effects… the Asian hornet, which might soon arrive here, has killed six people in France.”

Committee chairman Joan Walley MP said: “Identifying potentially invasive species prior to arrival is critical as once organisms like the frightening Asian hornet are here, they can be very difficult to control.”

Kent is at risk as the insects are likely to arrive into the country though shipments, according to the Non-native Species Secretariat (NNSS), which has released a species alert protocol.

The NNSS warned: “The possibility that it could fly across the Channel has not been ruled out.”

It said the “invasive and predatory” killer Asian hornets are “climatically suited” for Britain and might already be here.

Gregg Hitchcock, of the Kent Wildlife Trust, said that the potential impact of the hornets’ was ‘concerning’ and once they become embedded in the ecosystem they could become ‘almost impossible to control’.

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12:34pm Fri 18 Apr 14

HearTheFacts says...

Tell the immigrant Asian Hornets to go back!. No passport no entry!. Trust France to send them here!!!.

Time for military action, on the white cliffs of Dover!. It stopped the Germans in world war two!.
Tell the immigrant Asian Hornets to go back!. No passport no entry!. Trust France to send them here!!!. Time for military action, on the white cliffs of Dover!. It stopped the Germans in world war two!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 9

12:55pm Fri 18 Apr 14

phanmale says...

Is it just me or will this take over the deadly spider story?

I dont fancy getting stung to death and feel sorry for the families of those that have died, but 5 people across a whole country from an insect that "once they become embedded in the ecosystem they could become ‘almost impossible to control’. " means we stand no chance in the end, surely?

Not sure how to take this story to be honest..
Is it just me or will this take over the deadly spider story? I dont fancy getting stung to death and feel sorry for the families of those that have died, but 5 people across a whole country from an insect that "once they become embedded in the ecosystem they could become ‘almost impossible to control’. " means we stand no chance in the end, surely? Not sure how to take this story to be honest.. phanmale
  • Score: 9

1:25pm Sat 19 Apr 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

Need the hornets to get the rats who will get the killer spiders who will get the poisonous ladybirds.

Rumour has it we will be getting deadly pigeons to tackle the hornets.....
Need the hornets to get the rats who will get the killer spiders who will get the poisonous ladybirds. Rumour has it we will be getting deadly pigeons to tackle the hornets..... oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 4

5:04pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Slonik says...

It's a quite day in the newsroom obviously - no stubbed toes, lost cats, closed cafes, damp ceilings... Who decides to 'print' this puerile rubbish?
It's a quite day in the newsroom obviously - no stubbed toes, lost cats, closed cafes, damp ceilings... Who decides to 'print' this puerile rubbish? Slonik
  • Score: 2

5:14pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Slonik says...

"Quiet" even. NS stop wasting resources on nonsense and get us an Edit function please...
"Quiet" even. NS stop wasting resources on nonsense and get us an Edit function please... Slonik
  • Score: 2

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