Asian hornet nest in Rayleigh removed from back garden for tests

An Asian hornet's nest the size of an "oblong basketball" has been removed from a back yard after a week-long search.
Beekeepers were warned to be vigilant last week after three of the insects were sighted in Rayleigh.
Inspectors from the Animal and Plant Health Administration (APHA) found the nest six meters up a tree after knocking on a resident's door in the city of Essex.
The destroyed nest was taken to a government laboratory for testing.
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David Holborn, in whose garden the nest was found, said inspectors arrived in "jeans and sweaters" and "dressed" after spotting the nest.
"It was the size of an oblong basketball," Mr Holborn told BBC Essex.
"It's pretty scary to think it's probably been in our garden for two months, but it hasn't done us any harm.
"You kept to yourself."
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Asian hornets, first sighted in the UK in 2016 in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, pose no greater risk to human health than native wasps and hornets.
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However, they have been known to raid honey bee nests and eat them.
The first sighting in Rayleigh was reported on Sunday 25 September and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) issued an alert to beekeepers in the wider area three days later.
It was estimated that the Asian hornets took two months to build the nest and it was spotted in Mr Holborn's garden on Thursday before it was destroyed with an insecticide.
Measuring 50cm in length, it was taken Saturday to the Fera Science Center in York, a laboratory managed by Capita and Defra.
Scientists will try to find out where the insects came from and whether Asian hornet queens have already left the nest and flown somewhere else.
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APHA inspectors will continue to monitor the area and will place small plastic traps for the bugs.
Mr Holborn, who had the nest in his garden for an extra night before it was completely destroyed, said: "As a precaution we closed the window."
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