Los Angeles, United States:
After tracking for months, officials in the western US state of Washington said on Friday that they had revealed the first Asian giant horn nest in the country.
The nest was found on Thursday at a property in Blaine near the Canadian border by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists, the agency said in a statement.
It added that attempts to erase the wasp’s nest – the world’s largest horn species also known as the “Murder Hornet” – will take place on Saturday.
The statement said, “The WSDA Trooper successfully discovered a nest on October 21 (Wednesday) after collecting two live Asian giant hornets, caught in a new type of trap, which the agency had placed in the area.” “
It is also stated that two more hornets were also alive, found in another trap on the morning of 22 October when WSDA personnel arrived in that area with radio trackers to tag the already trapped horn and return to their nest Returns.
Such an insect was first detected in December 2019 and after being stranded in July in Whitcomb County, where Blaine is located, scientists in the state are active in the search for the Asian giant hornet.
Invasive pests not native to the Americas were later caught in the same area.
WSDA believes that there was a good chance that there would be more nests there and “it is very important to stop this cold,” said Sven Spicher, an entomologist at WSDA, during a press conference on Friday afternoon.
The WSDA said, “If it is installed, this horn will have a negative impact on Washington State’s environment, economy, and public health.”
It is unclear how the wasp – which has traces of orange and black and is about two inches (five centimeters) in length – arrived in the US.
Scientists warned that until the insect is eradicated within the next two years, it can spread to North America and be permanently established.
The horns native to East Asia and Japan do not usually attack people, but they are known to destroy the honey colony.
The hive of horns is slaughtered by literally cutting off their heads.
Hornets occupy the honeybee nest for a week or longer, feeding the pupa and larvae.
In Japan, where insects are hunted and eaten, 30 to 50 people die each year from their poisonous and excruciating stings.
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