An Eastbourne woman has had a lucky escape after finding a giant wasp trapped inside her home this morning (Friday, May 13).
The inch-long insect, which the woman said was as loud as someone strimmming, was found flying around a Willingdon Road home.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said she had ‘no idea’ how the bug found its way inside as all her windows and doors were closed.
She said, “I was on the phone to my daughter when I heard what I thought was someone strimming outside. Suddenly the noise got very loud as if it was in my room. It was so loud and so large the pictures don’t do it justice.
“I immediately told my daughter I had to go as it flew towards me. Luckily it veered off towards the kitchen and I managed to spray it when it was up against the kitchen window.”
While it is unclear what species the unusually large bug actually is, in recent years experts have warned that similar insects such as the Asian Hornet could travel to the UK.
Speaking earlier this year, Camilla Keane chair of the Wildlife and Countryside Link’s group on invasive species told the Mail Online, “Like all invasive non-native species, once established the Asian hornet would be incredibly difficult and hugely costly to tackle.
“Sadly many other invasive species already wreak havoc in our countryside, and new invasive non-native species are arriving each year, so the issue is not going away.”
A nest of the huge hornets was first found in France 12 year ago and has since spread to Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Portugal.
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