- Third Asian Hornet Nest Found in Washington State in 2021
- Officials said they found the nest a day after destroying another
- The first nest was wiped out on August 26th – all the nests are just miles away
A third ‘murder hornet’ nest has been discovered in Washington state, just a day after wildlife officials destroyed a second nest found this year.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture said in the Post that a team destroyed the nest in northern Whatcom County on Saturday near the town of Blaine along the Canadian border – the same area where the first nest was located and demolished.
Officials are working on a plan to safely eradicate the third nest and are set to release an update ‘next week’.
The first Asian Hornet of 2021 was sighted on 11 August and officials quickly located the nest and destroyed it on 26 August.
However, a third finding suggests that rare sightings may become more common over the years.
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A third ‘murder hornet’ nest has been discovered in Washington state, just a day after wildlife officials eliminated a second nest found this year
Officials have yet to reveal details about the third nest, such as size and exact location, but previous nests were found inside dead trees and contained hundreds to thousands of killing hornets.
Other nests are also at a distance of a few miles from each other.
The second nest was destroyed on 11 September – mission details have not been released.
The first nest this year was wiped out by teams who removed bark and decaying wood under the alder tree that provided the nest’s entrance.
The second nest was destroyed on 11 September – mission details have not been released. The first Asian Hornet of 2021 (pictured) was sighted on 11 August and officials quickly located the nest and destroyed it on 26 August.
The nests were discovered between August 11 and August 17 after officials fitted them with three hornet traps and tracking devices.
In addition to the tree-removed worker hornets, WSDA staff caught 67 additional hornets in the area with nets during a nest-destroying mission, which contained approximately 1,500 hornets in various stages of development.
A portion of the almond tree was also cut down and sent to a laboratory at Washington State University in Bellingham for further analysis.
Asian giant hornets are sometimes called murder hornets because they prey on other bees.
Hornets invade hives to bite adult bees to steal larvae to feed on their own young.
And the problem posed by this natural war is that bees are already considered an endangered species in the US.
The nest, located near Blaine in Whatcom County on the Canadian border, was wiped out on Wednesday
The Asian hornet was first detected in the US in 2019 when a hornet was reported in Whatcom County. The nest, which contained 500 workers and 200 queens, was destroyed in an operation on 24 October (pictured)
The Asian hornet was first detected in the US in 2019 when a hornet was reported in Whatcom County.
The nests of 500 workers and 200 queens were destroyed in an operation on 24 October.
The process began similar to a recent mission – hornets captured in a cage were strapped to radio trackers.
Although these aggressive insects kill bees and Native American hornets, they are not particularly aggressive towards humans.
However, their sting is extremely painful and recurrent stings can occur, though rare.
Despite the fact that the nest has been wiped out, officials say it is imperative that the public continue to help find this invasive species, which can destroy entire hives of bees that already have mites, Surrounded by diseases, pesticides and food loss.
In March, Washington state said it was planning the 2021 Murder Hornet season like last year, with an emphasis on public outreach, reporting and trapping.
Invasive pests commonly found in China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and other Asian countries
The WSDA previously said that more than half of Asian giant hornet sightings in Washington and across Canada have been confirmed to the public.
The first confirmed hornet in the US was near Blaine in December 2019 and the first live hornet was trapped in July 2020.
The invasive pest is commonly found in China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and other Asian countries.
Hornets enter a ‘slaughter phase’ where they bite and kill the bees. The WSDA has previously stated that they then protect the hive to feed their babies to feed their babies.
The agency has already killed six or seven hives in Washington state.
Despite their nickname, hornets kill a few dozen people a year in Asia, and experts say it’s probably much less, but they do inflict painful stings to humans.
Hornets, wasps and bees commonly found in the US kill an average of 62 people a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Murder Hornet Stats
Latin name: Vespa Mandarinia
adult length: 1 3/4 inches
wingspan: three inches
sting length: quarter inch
description: Yellow face and large black and yellow striped belly. Big jaws and noisy rookie.
Asian giant hornets are more than twice the size of bees, and have a wingspan of more than three inches.
natural habitat: whole asia
Poison: When it stings, it gives seven times more venom than a bee. It acts as a neurotoxin and can cause seizures and cardiac arrest. The sting has been described as incredibly painful.
Behaviour: Insects emerge in April and make nests in the ground. It predates many insects, but specifically targets bees.
risk Bees have a habit of breaking hives, beheading workers and stealing children. The European bee has no defense against an invader. Its sting can also prove fatal for Americans.