Scientists are trying to catch invasive insects and prevent infection since they were first spotted in the country last year. More than two inches, hornets get their nickname from their tendency to attack and kill bees and potentially humans.
Officials announced on Friday that they had identified the Asian giant hornet earlier this week from a trap collected near Birch Bay on July 14th.
“This is encouraging because it means we know the traps are working,” said Sven Spichiger, managing entomologist at the Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA). “But it also means we have work to do.”
This job involves searching for sockets using infrared cameras and setting more traps, the statement said. The State Department of Agriculture plans to set up special traps to catch hornets and keep them alive so they can be marked and traced back to their colonies. Once the agency finds the colonies, they will destroy them.
The hope is to find the nest by mid-September, before the colony begins to create new breeding queens and drones, the statement said.
Scientists are not sure how these giant hornets, originally from Asia, ended up in the state of Washington.
But don’t get too close