Washington state bug hunters have situated the first-ever Asian big hornet nest within the U.S., it was introduced Friday.
The announcement got here from the Washington State Division of Agriculture which mentioned that preliminary plans to get rid of the nest have been delay till Saturday because of inclement climate in Blaine the place the nest was present in a tree cavity.
The profitable detection of a nest got here after a WSDA trapper collected two reside Asian big hornets — often called homicide hornets — on Wednesday and two extra reside hornets had been present in one other lure on Thursday.
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Three of the trapped hornets had been tagged with radio trackers and a kind of led entomologists again to its nest Thursday morning, officers mentioned.
“The nest is contained in the cavity of a tree situated on personal property close to an space cleared for a residential residence, WSDA mentioned. “Whereas Asian big hornets usually nest within the floor, they’re often discovered nesting in useless bushes.”
Dozens of the hornets had been seen getting into and exiting the tree whereas the WSDA workforce was current.
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The company obtained permission from the property proprietor to eradicate the nest and take away the tree, if needed.
The primary confirmed detection of an Asian big hornet in Washington state was made in December 2019 and the primary hornet was caught in July.
It takes solely a small variety of the aggressive hornets to wipe out a complete honey bee hive in a matter of hours.
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Their sting might be extraordinarily painful to people.