The Washington State Department of Agriculture, Announcing It Successfully Removed the First-Ever Asian Giant Hornets (Aka Murder Hornets) Nest Located in the United States.

October 24, 2020
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Got ‘em.

  • 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,