Nest eradication

From June onwards, the first workers hatch and nests grow further, up to the size of a small football. Now you can find primary nests of the Asian hornet in a sheltered place, such as under a canopy or in an animal enclosure. This is the ideal time to stop using selective traps and start tracking nests by placing wickbaits. Look inside your pen and report a possible Asian hornet’s nest here.

Contact the fire brigade or a private eradicator in case of immediate danger, for example, when the nest is near a residence or another high-risk location.

What happens with my report?

  • We will validate your report. In case of an Asian hornet nest, you will receive an e-mail. This may take a few days.
  • After your report, you will immediately receive a list of recognized Asian hornet eradicators in Flanders.
  • If your Asian hornet’s nest is located in the province of West Flanders, in East Flanders (outside the municipalities of (Sint-Laureins and Waasmunster), in the municipalities of Hasselt, Genk, Borgloon, Gingelom, Hechtel-Eksel or Heerst in the province of Limburg, following municipalities within the province of Antwerp or in Natuur en Bos domains then your nest will be eradicated via a coordinated approach. After your report, you do not have to take any further action. If your Asian hornet’s nest is located elsewhere in Flanders, you can consult the list of exterminators and your municipality’s website for more information on controlling nests (potentially partial reimbursement).

Is eradication free of charge?

In the province of West Flanders, East Flanders (outside the municipalities of Sint-Laureins and Waasmunster), in the municipalities of Hasselt, Genk, Borgloon, Gingelom, Hechtel-Eksel or Heerst in the province of Limburg, following municipalities within the province of Antwerp and in Natuur en Bos domains, there is a coordinated eradication of nests of the Asian hornet. After the validation of your nest, an eradicator is activated automatically and free of charge to contact you to eradicate the nest. The eradication of the nest takes place within one to two weeks after validation. Please note: The free eradication only applies when you are served by the eradicators of the coordinated approach. If you appoint your own eradicator for an eradication, these costs will not be reimbursed.

In the rest of Flanders, there is no coordinated eradication of nests free of charge; your nest is not automatically assigned to an eradicator. In some municipalities, the eradication of a nest is (partially) reimbursed. Check your municipality’s website for more information.