Living With Wasp Control

Eric Pfeiffer of Yahoo News brings us an awesome wasp story. A giant wasp nest is in a Chinese village, high up in a tree. The wasps have stung dozens of people. One man has died of stings. Local pest control can’t help. What can be done?

The small village of Jiangjin Tsz Wan Yuen Tsuen called the government. The Chinese government doesn’t mess around. They sent in the army with flamethrowers. A 3 man unit aimed their flame thrower at the nest, destroying it in seconds.

I assume the wasps involved are the Asian Giant Hornets, Vespa mandarinia, (aka: Yak-Killer Hornet). These hornets have a potent venom that can kill people even without an allergic reaction.

KPLR documents the atrocities!

Wasp Control In China

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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3 Responses to Living With Wasp Control

  1. Beth Peregrine says:

    That’s so cool. However, using a flamethrower is not a safe and effective way to get rid of wasps. The fire could have spread and resulted in destruction of property and further loss of life.

    • jjneal says:

      It’s the army. They destroy things. They are professionals who practice with flamethrowers. They should be able to assess whether or not they can selectively destroy a target from that distance. Obviously, it would be a terrible idea if there were drought conditions.
      There is no way to solve insect problems that does not pose risk.
      Of course, we assume it worked as planned as no adverse consequences were reported.

  2. I heard this story on the other post of Jonathan Neal. gross all.

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