FIRST Murder Hornet Nest Found And Destroyed In United States

( As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) just announced that in the early hours of Saturday morning, the first Asian giant hornet nest was discovered and destroyed in the United States. The nest of “Murder Hornets” was discovered in a tree cavity.

The foreign hornets, which are two inches long, have six millimeter-long stingers, and which can kill humans by stinging, have been discovered in the United States before but until now, no nests had been found. According to the Washington Agriculture Department, the nest was roughly the size of a basketball and was discovered in Blaine, Whatcom County.

In perhaps one of the most amazing parts of this story, it turns out that the nest was discovered after experts successfully attached radio trackers to some hornets to find out where they were coming from.

In a statement, the WSDA explained that a trapper collected two live hornets on October 21 in a new kind of trap developed for the invasion of the foreign species.

“Two more hornets, also living, were found in another trap the morning of Oct. 22 when WSDA staff arrived in the area to tag the previously trapped hornets with radio trackers and follow one back to its nest,” the WSDA explained. “The entomologists were able to attach radio trackers to three hornets, the second of which lead them to the discovery of the nest, found about 4 p.m. on October 22.”

The department said that the nest was discovered in a tree near a private property, and that while the hornets usually nest in the ground, they sometimes nest in dead trees.

The property owner provided permission for staff to then eradicate the nest and remove the tree if necessary. On Facebook, the WSDA posted, “Got ‘em” after explaining how they had successfully destroyed the nest. Around 200 hornets were removed from the cavity using a vacuum machine.

Sven-Erik Spichiger, an entomologist working for the Department of Agriculture, told the press how they filled the cavity of the tree with foam and surrounded it with plastic wrap to make sure any possible surviving hornets could not escape.

“We extract them alive. We kill them,” he said. “It’s still a very small population, and we are actively hunting them.”

Murder Hornets pose a threat to America’s bee population which is already struggling.