“It's a simple trap, a bit like a crustacean trap, but adapted to the Asian hornet. »Behind some of his many hives, in Pencran, on the green heights of Landerneau (Finistère), Denis Jaffré, experienced beekeeper, unveils his device as innovative as it is effective against this predatory and invasive species which has been wreaking havoc for several years. : the Asian hornet. The object is a sort of box with a system of grid and cones, pierced with holes adapted to the size and shape of the insect. The bottom is strewn with honey in breach to attract it. "He will be able to enter there ... but will be unable to leave", shows Denis Jaffré by opening the trap.
This trap earned him the Lépine prize in 2018. Two years before, he lost nearly half of his bees because of this “real scourge”.
“The Asian hornet is supplanting the European, proclaims this activist, in love with nature.
It is time to fight effectively against it, so that the European, an endemic species, regains its natural place.
Supported by the National Beekeeping Union (SNA) and thanks to word of mouth, Denis Jaffré today sees the young, part-family business he founded, Jabeprode, with six employees, explode under control.
“The vast majority in France, but also in the four corners of Europe.
Currently, the Natural History Museum (MNHN) is studying the effectiveness of these traps, and the city of Biarritz, like the Community of Municipalities of Landerneau-Daoulas, is testing the effectiveness by a network on his territory. "Especially since it is the moment of the season during which you have to react, the queens of spring being out, slips Denis Jaffré. After that, it will be too late. "