In a press note sent to Lusa, the Coimbra Region states that the project counts with “direct collaboration from Vila Nova de Poiares municipality, chosen for its size and centrality in the region, where more than 200 traps were built by students from several choices in the region, within the scope of the ClimAgir project.”

“The aim is to verify the direct effect of the traps in the capture of this species, using different baits (for example, currant, white wine and beer), and to quantify the effect that this preventive measure will have in the reduction of Asian wasp nests created, with a view to its replicability of the method throughout the territory ”of the Coimbra Region, the statement said.

The intermunicipal community points out that the “Asian wasp poses a huge threat to the common bee, being a predator for which the bee is not prepared”.

“Therefore, its control is necessary for the balance of biodiversity and ecosystems, protecting the common bee, responsible for pollination, which maintains and fosters the growth of our nature, but also for the production of honey, a product of high value for the region”, concludes the statement.