WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Scientists remove 98 ‘murder hornets’ in Washington state
"The WSDA is not selling any Asian giant hornet specimens,'' spokesman Karla Salp said in response to questions from the public. Another 85 Asian giant hornets in the nest were vacuumed into a special container and died. WSDA will continue setting traps through at least November in hopes of catching any more Asian giant hornets still in Whatcom County. A small group of Asian giant hornets can kill an entire honey bee hive in a matter of hours. Asian giant hornets can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom.
Crews vacuum 'murder hornets' out of Washington nest
Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)BLAINE, Wash. – Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States. The real threat from Asian giant hornets — which are 2 inches (5 centimeters) long — is their devastating attacks on honeybees, which are already under siege from problems like mites, diseases, pesticides and loss of food. Washington state and the Canadian province of British Columbia are the only places the hornets have been found on the continent. The nest was found after the state Agriculture Department trapped some hornets this week and used dental floss to attach radio trackers to some of them.
Washington state discovers first ‘murder hornet’ nest in US
(Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)SPOKANE, Wash. – Scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials in Washington state said. After weeks of searching, the agency said it found the nest of Asian giant hornets in Blaine, a city north of Seattle near the Canadian border. The nest was found after a worker for the Washington state Agriculture Department caught two of the large hornets in a trap Wednesday. Scientists for the department have been searching for nests since the first Asian giant hornets were caught earlier this year. Washington state and the Canadian province of British Columbia are the only places the hornets have been found on the continent.
Washington state again fails to live-track murder hornet
In this Oct. 7, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a live Asian giant hornet is affixed with a tracking device before being released near Blaine, Wash. Washington state officials say they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking an Asian giant hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the so-called murder hornets. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)SEATTLE – Washington state officials said Monday they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking a “murder” hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the giant insects. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, only to lose signs of her when she went into a forest. Scientists then tied a tracking device onto her body and released her two days later onto an apple tree. The Asian giant hornet — the world’s largest at 2 inches (5 centimeters) — can decimate entire hives of honeybees and deliver painful stings to humans.
Search underway for murder hornets nest in Washington state
FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research in Blaine, Wash. Washington state agriculture workers have trapped their first Asian giant hornet. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool, File)SPOKANE, Wash. – Agricultural officials in Washington state said Friday they are trying to find and destroy a nest of Asian giant hornets — also known as murder hornets — amid concerns they could kill honey bees crucial for pollinating raspberry and blueberry crops. Evidence of six of the hornets were found over the last week near the town of Blaine in Whatcom County, the Washington state Department of Agriculture told reporters. The Asian giant hornet — the world’s largest at 2 inches (5 centimeters) — can decimate entire hives of honeybees and deliver painful stings to humans. There is also evidence that the giant hornets are also attacking native wasps and hornets, Spichiger said.
Two more Asian ’murder hornets’ found in Washington State, WSDA officials say
Two more Asian Giant Hornets, or otherwise referred to as ‘murder hornets,’ have been spotted in Washington State, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture. After these two recent sightings of the hornets, the WSDA set up live traps in Birch Bay on Aug. 20. WSDA officials said once the colony is found, it will be eradicated. To learn more about the WSDA and what they are doing to track the ’murder hornets,’ click here. Read also:First ‘murder hornet’ caught in Washington statePeople in San Antonio may think they’re seeing murder hornets, here’s what they really are
First ‘murder hornet’ caught in Washington state
Washington – The Washington State Department of Agriculture shared news Friday that an Asian Giant Hornet, commonly referred to as a murder hornet, was successfully trapped for the first time in the evergreen state. The five previous confirmed sightings of an Asian Giant Hornet in the state were seen in the environment, according to WSDA officials. ‘Murder Hornets’ are in US; Can the insects possibly migrate to San Antonio or South Texas? Cicada Killers can get up to about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length which is smaller than a mature Asian Giant Hornet and it’s uncommon for Cicada Killers to sting humans. Greg Abbott in an effort to protect Texas citizens, agriculture and honey bees in the chance that Asian Giant Hornets arrive in Texas.