A PEST control expert has revealed his tips on how to avoid getting stung by venomous Asian hornets.
Asian hornets are bigger than normal wasps, dark in colour, and produce up to seven times more venom than a normal wasp.
Stuart Halliday, 42, owner of Kill and Cure Pest Control has warned that getting stung by an Asian hornet could be fatal.
This depends on what they have been eating – if you’re stung by a hornet that’s eaten honeysuckle you might have a bigger reaction that one that’s eaten pinecones.
Stuart said: “Hornets will also chase you for half a mile and will also stay above water waiting for you for up to 30 minutes.
“That means if you dive into a pond to get away from them you need to be able to hold your breath for half an hour.”
Stuart has revealed his top tips for avoiding getting stung by these pests.
He said the best thing to do is get into a safe environment.
He said: “If you’re in your shed with one get into your house immediately.
“Shut the doors and windows straight away – they will look at ways to get inside to chase you.”
It’s bad news if you’re wearing perfume or aftershave too as hornets love pheromones and will follow your smell.
His top tip is to get away as fast and as far as possible from a hornets nest.
He said: “If you can, get into shelter – get in your house, get in your car, get on your bike and ride away as quick as possible.
“You can’t just brush hornets off. Anytime you brush them off they will carry on attacking you.”
This comes after an image of an Asian hornet was posted on a local Facebook group in Nottinghamshire.