Washington state employees plan to try to trap hornets and destroy their nests this spring and summer before the population gets out of hand.
"Three large insects found in the Nanaimo area were confirmed by Canadian and worldwide experts as Asian giant hornets", the report explains, marking the first time they have been discovered on Vancouver Island and in British Columbia.
Scientists don't know how these giant hornets native to Asia ended up in Washington state.
Researchers nicknamed it the "murder hornet".
Washington state agricultural officials are asking beekeepers and residents to report any sightings of the giant hornets. The giant hornet has a quarter-inch long stinger that contains an enzyme mixture and neurotoxin that destroys tissue, according to National Geographic. Though it is unclear if the giant hornet, whose scientific name is Vespa mandarinia, is responsible for aforementioned scene of apian slaughter, scientists greatly suspect it: two of the killer hornets were found a few miles north from the site in Blaine, Washington, in December 2019.
This is the first time they were found in Blaine, the U.S., in December.
In addition to the sightings in northwest Washington, Asian giant hornets have been found across the border in southwest British Columbia, including a colony that was eradicated on Vancouver Island last September.
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Army Corps of Engineers built a 2,000-bed facility in the Javits Center and President Donald Trump sent NY the U.S. The testing has been random, with the state choosing sites like grocery stores to collect samples.
Washington State University (WSU) are unsure how or when the hornet first arrived in North America, but beekeepers in the region have reported gruesome hive deaths in recent months. "Asian Giant Hornets can significantly impact honey production where they occur naturally or where similar species have been introduced in Europe".
They use sharp fins to decapitate bees and take their bodies to feed to their young, and human victims of the sting described it as similar to "hot metal driving into their skin", the report said. "I definitely don't want to learn to live with Asian Giant Hornets". Each year in Japan around 50 people get killed by the murder hornets. He was stung through a bee suit and sweatpants underneath.
They're sometimes transported in global cargo - in some cases deliberately, said Seth Truscott with WSU's college of agricultural, human and natural resource sciences.
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While generally not aggressive towards people or pets, the hornets can attack if provoked, officials say, and have killed humans in extreme circumstances.