First murder hornet nest found in US is about to be destroyed

Homicide hornets are right here, however not for lengthy.

Washington State Division of Agriculture

Murder hornets could have invaded Washington state, however that does not imply we’ll allow them to keep. 

The Washington State Division of Agriculture (WSDA) reported on Friday that it situated the first ever nest of Asian giant hornets (nicknamed homicide hornets) discovered within the US. The nest was noticed in a tree cavity close to Blaine, Washington, after entomologists trapped, tagged and tracked a reside Asian giant hornet again to its nest.

The WSDA plans to try an eradication of the nest on Saturday. Preliminary plans to eradicate the nest on Friday obtained postponed resulting from unhealthy climate. 

The profitable detection of a nest comes after a WSDA trapper on Wednesday collected two reside homicide hornets caught in a brand new kind of entice the company positioned within the space. Two extra reside hornets had been present in one other entice on Thursday, the identical day WSDA employees tagged the previously trapped hornets with radio trackers and had been in a position to observe one again to its nest.

Entomologists discovered the murder hornets’ nest contained in the cavity of a tree situated on personal property. Whereas homicide hornets usually nest within the floor, they’ll generally be discovered nesting in lifeless bushes. Dozens of the homicide hornets had been noticed across the tree.

The WSDA has been actively searching for murder hornet nests because the bugs first confirmed up. The primary confirmed detection of an Asian large hornet in Washington occurred in December 2019, and the primary hornet trapped in July of this 12 months. 

Asian large hornets are a harmful invasive pest not native to the US, however they’re the world’s largest hornet in addition to a predator of honey bees and different bugs. 

A small group of homicide hornets can kill an entire honey bee hive in a matter of hours.

Entomologists and citizen scientists have been diligently monitoring sightings of the hornet in an ongoing effort to seek out nests to eradicate them.

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Bonnie Burton