Another deadly hornet’s nest destroyed in northwest Washington


BLAINE, Washington – Another nest built by giant Asian hornets north of Seattle near the Canadian border has been destroyed, state officials say.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture said on social media Thursday that the latest eradication of killer hornets, also known as killer hornets, east of Blaine, state Washington, is the fourth overall and the third this year, reported the Bellingham Herald.

Authorities said the queen they discovered was a slightly different color and all the hornets were worker bees, meaning no new nests would be created from her.

Late last week, the department released it had a “worrying” report of another possible sighting of the Asian giant hornet about 20 miles east of where the other nests were found.

A dead Asian giant hornet was also discovered closer to Seattle near Marysville in mid-June. Entomologists from the state and US departments of agriculture said this does not appear to be related to the hornet finds in Canada and near Blaine, Washington state.

The 2-inch-long invasive insects, dubbed “deadly hornets,” first found near the Canada-U.S. Border in December 2019, are native to Asia and pose a threat to bees and native hornet species. Although they are not particularly aggressive towards humans, their sting is extremely painful and repeated stings, while rare, can kill.

–The Associated Press

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