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Murder Hornets – not going quietly without a fight with the officials trying to eradicate them
Another Asian Giant Hornet’s nest was found and eradicated in Washington State. It’s the first one to be found this year, and officials say the hornets were not happy to see them.
Last year, the first nest of this invasive species, nicknamed the Murder Hornet, was found in October. Officials with the WSDA (The Washington State Department of Agriculture) say the second nest was three times bigger and these bugs were ready to defend their home.
“I will say this, this nest was a little more aggressive than the nest we encountered in 2020,” said Sven-Erik Spichiger from the WSDA.
Upon vacuuming, because the tree was so rotted away, the hornets were able to exploit this and create a second opening and did come out,” they state. “A few of us working tightly in the area were approached by the hornets, and they did attempt to sting us this time.”
Fortunately, no one was injured, and the hornets were trapped and their nest was removed. Officials say they were led to the nest by a tracking device they attached to a trapped hornet. They also received calls from people in the area reporting sightings of the hornets.
Source: Inside Edition, August 27, 2021, “‘Murder Hornets’ Attack Officials Trying to Remove Nest.”