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Rescuers dispatched most to remove hornet nests in 2015-2017

All Headlines 11:04 December 10, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean rescuers were dispatched most to deal with requests to remove hornet nests as part of their response to people's livelihood-related problems in the 2015-2017 period, government data showed Monday.

The data from a public security database on livelihood-related problems, run by the National Fire Agency and the Korea Statistics, revealed that hornet nest removals topped the list of reasons for rescuer dispatches in 2017 with 159,000 cases, followed by animal seizures with 126,000 cases and lock openings with 70,000 cases.

The number of cases in which rescuers were dispatched to deal with such problems rose to 423,473 in 2017 from 264,327 in 2015 and 356,523 in 2016.

During the reported period, more than 50 percent of rescuer dispatches were concentrated between July and September every year, when requests to have hornet nests removed were made most.

Hornets have had a serious effect on the ecosystem and human health in the country, prompting the agency's rescuers to exterminate the dangerous insects.

By hours, rescuers were dispatched most between 9 and 10 a.m., 10 and 11 a.m., and 1 to 2 p.m.

Requests to have locks opened were made mainly by residents in apartments while those for removing hornet nests and catching stray animals were related most with houses, and roads and railways, respectively.

By region, Gyeonggi Province took the top spot in rescuer dispatches with 109,000 cases, trailed by Seoul with 61,000 and South Gyeongsang Province with 38,000.

This provided photo shows a rescuer removing a hornet nest on the wall of a house. (Yonhap)

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