After authorities destroyed the second 2021 Asian giant hornet nest, a third was located in Washington state.
Washington State Department of Agriculture tweeted on Saturday that he planned to eradicate the third nest and that he would have more updates next week.
The first Asian giant hornet nest of 2021 was located and destroyed in August after it was found at the foot of a tree in Whatom County. WSDA staff had previously placed trackers on three of the hornets in the hopes that it would lead them to a nest.
The nest was located two miles from a nest found in 2020 and nearly 1,500 hornets have been found in various stages of development, according to a press release from the WSDA.
The WSDA asks people to report sightings of invasive species. Hornets were first reported in the United States in 2019 near Blaine, Washington.
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Asian giant hornets are the largest hornets in the world measuring up to 2 inches in length and have been given their nickname the “killer hornet” for being the cause of up to 50 deaths per year in Japan where they are commonly found. The “killer hornets” will also kill bees and other insects.
No deadly hornet deaths have been reported in the United States
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