Schwegler Hornet Cabinet
Schwegler Hornet Cabinet
Schwegler Hornet Cabinet
Schwegler Hornet Cabinet

Hornet Cabinet

Article number: 2360
Availability: Out of stock

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Dimensions 250x280x600 mm
Weight 14.5 kilos


Protecting Hornets

Due to a decline in their numbers, and also because of their usefulness, Hornets have legal protection in many countries. It has now been shown that Hornets only sting in acute cases of self-defence (i.e. if they are themselves being directly attacked). Their sting is no more dangerous than that of a bee.
 
There are only two types of hornet in Europe. Together with the smaller wasps, they belong to the family of Vespidae which, like the different types of bees, are classified as Hymenoptera.
 
Although Hornets feed on nectar, fruit and sap, they feed their young with live insects and larvae, helping to maintain the balance of nature. If this balance is upset, it can lead to a massive increase in the numbers of those insects which are genuine pests to mankind, such as the Bark Beetle. Did you know that a normal swarm of Hornets can feed as much as half a kilo of insects - such as Horse Flies, Crane Flies and Caterpillars - to their young?

The Hornet Box, made from SCHWEGLER wood-concrete, has a number of major advantages compared with wooden boxes:

  • Better internal shape, which is preferred by the insects and increases the likelihood of colonisation.
  • Weather-resistant and therefore longer lasting than wood.
  • Superior micro-climate through the proven advantages of SCHWEGLER wood-concrete. With inferior wooden boxes the wood warps with time, creating draughts which destroy the micro-climate and let in unwanted light.
  • Ideal for independent colonisation and for transferring colonies.


Siting: 

Can be hung on the edges of woodland glades, the fringes of woodlands, where the wind has blown trees down, in clearings, parks etc., and especially among deciduous trees. If possible a secluded site should be chosen in order not to provoke or disturb the insects. The space in front of the box, in both the entry and exit areas, must be free of branches. If several boxes are installed, they should be at least 100 m apart to avoid fighting between the various colonies.
  
Positioning: 

At least 4 m above ground level, with the entrance hole facing south-east to south-west.
  
Cleaning: 

Must be cleaned out each April. Leave the old nest in place over the winter because it may be used by such useful creatures as Lacewings, Hornet Beetles, etc.
  
Occupation: 

From May until mid-summer.

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