The first nest of killer hornets was found in the USA. Trained brigades in Washington state destroyed giant Asian insects that were discovered. Reported by the Associated Press.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has spent weeks searching, trapping Asian giant hornets, and tying tracking devices to insects. They bite people painfully, spilling poison, but they pose the greatest threat to the honeybees, on which farmers depend (for pollination of crops).
The nest was found in Blaine, near the Canadian border, and was a little larger than a basketball. According to scientists, there were between 100 and 200 hornets in it.
On Saturday, crews in thick protective suits collected invasive insects from the hollow of a tree into large canisters. Special suits prevent workers from injuring themselves by saving them from the 6 mm hornets stings. In addition, the workers had to put on protective masks – the caught hornets can spit painful poison in the eyes.
According to scientists, the tree that the insects have occupied will be felled to remove the newborn hornets and see if any queens have already left the hive. Authorities suspect there may be more nests in the area and will continue to search. A briefing on the state of the first nest discovered was scheduled for Monday.
Despite their nickname and the hype that sparked fears in an already bleak year, the world’s largest hornets kill no more than a few dozen people a year in Asian countries. Meanwhile, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hornets, wasps, and bees, which are commonly found in the United States, kill an average of 62 people a year.
The real threat from Asian giant hornets, which are up to 5 centimeters long, is their attacks on honey bees, which are already under siege from behind. They have enough of such problems as ticks, diseases, pesticides, and loss of food.
The dangerous insect is commonly found in China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, and other Asian countries. Washington State and the Canadian province of British Columbia are the only places on the continent where hornets have been found.