FEARS are growing that Britain could be hit by swarms of deadly Asian hornets this summer.
If a sting victim is allergic to the venom, they could go into anaphylactic shock and die, often with minutes.
The hornets have arrived in larger numbers on Jersey, a location that is their staging post for flying to the UK.
Alastair Christie, the Channel Island’s co-ordinator, said 13 “active nests” have been destroyed already, compared to just 12 nests in the whole of last year.
The warm spring followed by rainy weather is perfect for breeding.
One expert said: “They are a threat to biodiversity.”
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Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer, said: “By ensuring we are alerted to possible sightings as early as possible, we can take swift and effective action to stamp out the threat posed by Asian hornets.
“While the Asian hornet poses no greater risk to human health than a bee, we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies and other beneficial insects.
“Please continue to look out for any Asian hornets and if you think you’ve spotted one, report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online.”
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