Asian giant hornet nest destroyed in northwest Washington

<p><p>Associated Press</p></p><p><p>BLAINE, Wash. – Officials say they’ve destroyed a second nest of Asian giant hornets found in northwestern Washington state this year and are preparing to take down a third.</p></p><p><p>The Washington State Department of Agriculture said in a Facebook post <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/WAStateDeptAg”>that a team eradicated the nest Saturday</a> in northern Whatcom County, near the town of Blaine along the Canadian border.</p></p><p><p>It said a third nest this season has been located and that planning is underway to eradicate it.</p></p><p><p>The nests have been within a few miles of each other. <a href=”https://apnews.com/article/science-environment-and-nature-washington-37314951bd3cfd76b8cd7a5da2b8eec2″>The first nest this year was destroyed in August</a>. The hornets were first detected in the U.S. in 2019 in Whatcom County.</p></p><p><p>Asian giant hornets are an invasive pest not native to the U.S. They are the world’s largest hornet at 2 inches long, and a predator of other insects, including honey bees that pollinate many of the crops in Washington’s agriculture industry.</p></p><p><p>While not particularly aggressive toward humans, their sting is extremely painful and repeated stings, though rare, can kill. They’re sometimes called murder hornets because they prey on other bees.</p></p>