Washington State Eradicates its First Asian Giant Hornet nest

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) said that it had successfully destroyed its first Asian giant hornet nest of the year by vacuuming out 113 worker hornets and removing bark and decaying wood near the nest.

The world’s largest hornets, the stinging “murder hornets,” can grow to be two inches (5 cm) long and prey on native bee and wasp populations, damaging honeybee hives and posing a threat to agriculture.

According to the WSDA, hornets were first discovered in the United States in 2019, when a hornet was discovered near the Canadian border in Washington’s Whatcom County.