October 24, 2020
- Asian giant hornets are about two inches long, and as their name suggests, they are not native to the U.S.
- According to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), they are “the world’s largest hornet and a predator of honey bees and other insects.” Despite their name, they actually kill only a few humans each year, but a small group of Asian giant hornets is capable of killing a whole honey bee hive in just hours.
- After five confirmed sightings of Asian giant hornets in Whatcom County dating back to December 2019, WSDA announced in July that it successfully trapped two – the first Asian giant hornets ever detected via a trap in America. Their next goal was to trap more and locate the nest.
- Earlier this week, WSDA announced it found the nest in a tree near Blaine. WSDA located the nest after attaching tracking devices (via dental floss!) to three hornets. On Saturday, the WSDA posted a video to Facebook showing workers vacuuming the Asian giant hornets from the nest.
- On Monday, WSDA will hold a press conference to announce what happens next.
by Jenna Lee,