It's across the border but still a little too close to home.
Workers with the state Agriculture Department in the US spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops.
In a news release, the WSDA explains how the successful detection of a nest comes after a trapper collected two live Asian giant hornets on October 21, caught in a new type of trap the agency had placed in the area.
State officials had asked residents to report any sightings and which way the insects are flying to try and find a nest.
"The successful detection of a nest comes after a WSDA trapper collected two live Asian giant hornets on October 21, caught in a new type of trap the agency had placed in the area", the WSDA news release states.
When officials returned to the area on Thursday, two additional hornets were also located in another nearby trap. A few Asian giant hornets can lay waste to a honey bee hive, decapitating all the bees and feasting on their pupae, which earned them the nickname of "murder hornets".
One of those tagged hornets led staffers to the nest.
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Asian giant hornets typically nest in the ground but can occasionally be found nesting in dead trees.
The process of how scientists discovered the nest was equally surprising, and involved attaching radio trackers to hornets with dental flosss.
It was about 300 yards (274 metres) from the traps in the cavity of a tree on private property, officials said.
The agency said its team observed "dozens" of hornets entering and exiting the tree. In Japan, giant hornets kill between 30 and 50 people every year.
As Asian giant hornet nests go, it's not huge.
Several more of the invasive pest not native to the U.S. were subsequently caught, all in the same region. Officials believe there could be more nests in the area.
- With files from Carla Wilson / The Times Colonist and The Canadian Press.