Scientists have been trying to capture invasive insects and prevent infestations since they first appeared in the state last year. More than two centimeters long, hornets get a nickname according to their tendency to attack and kill bees and possibly humans.
Officials announced on Friday that earlier this week they had identified an Asian giant hornet from a trap collected at Birch Bay on July 14.
“It’s encouraging because it means we know the traps are working,” said Sven Spichiger, chief entomologist at the Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA), in a statement. “But it also means we have a lot of work to do.”
This work involves finding nests using infrared cameras and setting other traps. The State Department of Agriculture plans to deploy special traps to catch hornets and keep them alive so that they can be marked and their colonies tracked. As soon as the agency finds the colonies, they destroy them.
We hope that the nest will be found by mid-September before the colony begins to create new reproductive royal and unmanned aircraft.
Scientists are not sure how these huge hornets from Asia got into Washington state.
But don’t be too close.