An avalanche of reports relating to the presence of Vespe orientalis in Rome. According to information collected and verified by RomaToday, there were 106 calls that, starting from midnight and up to 5pm today, engaged the volunteers of the civil protection of Roma Capitale.
The toll-free number
In the past few hours, the Municipality has launched the toll-free number 800 854 854 through its social channels, the one to which citizens can send their reports, specifying that they must “contain information useful for locating the nests for subsequent removal”. The phone calls were not long in coming given the amount of reports, and consequently of interventions, which resulted.
Most of the calls to report the hornets, “whose presence has not been registered in the capital since the 1950s,” reads the communication released by the Capitol, come from the territories of the city center. There is a clear predominance of the interventions requested in the municipality I. A circumstance that had already been highlighted by the councilor Alfonsi on August 31st.
The wasps orientalis in the center
For example, there are those who had already called at 8 in the morning because the “orientalis” were in the attic of the terrace, in via Cola di Rienzo or, again in the morning, outside the window of an apartment in via Candia. Many report them near the bins or the garbage can, for example near the fountain in the square of the port of Ripetta or Largo Giovanni Chiarini, a few steps from San Saba. Even today, as also happened on August 31, they have been reported in the gardens of Piazza Vittorio. And again via Nazionale and even the very central Torre Argentina and Piazza di Spagna.
In the other municipalities
There is no shortage of requests for intervention in the less central areas of the capital. At Garbatella, for example, they have been identified in Piazza Brin, the area where there is also the stone that indicates the date of foundation of the neighborhood. In town hall IV they have been spotted in via del Forte Tiburtino and in via Pietro Ottoboni, in both cases near the bins. In the Monteverde area, where the first oriental wasps had been sighted, a nest was noticed in via Jenner, inside the roller shutter box. On the same street, at a different number, there are those who called the toll-free number to warn that the hornets arrive on the balcony in the evening.
The Vespe orientalis therefore took up residence in Rome, especially in the center, as the many calls made to the toll-free number seem to confirm. “The environmental protection department – said the environmental councilor Sabrina Alfonsi – has made contact with the experts of the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) to start a collaboration in the monitoring and control of the phenomenon”.CopyAMP code.