The Washington State Department of Agriculture spent weeks searching, catching Asian giant
The nest was found in Blaine, near the Canadian border, and was a little larger than a basketball. According to scientists, there were between 100 and 200 hornets in it.
Crews in thick protective suits on Saturdaycollected invasive insects from the hollow of a tree into large canisters. Special suits prevent workers from being injured by saving them from the 6mm hornets stings. In addition, the workers had to put on protective masks - the caught hornets can spit painful poison in the eyes.
According to scientists, the tree that was occupiedinsects will be felled to retrieve the newborn hornets and see if any queens have left the hive. Authorities suspect there may be more nests in the area and will continue to search. A briefing on the state of the first nest discovered was scheduled for Monday.
Despite his nickname and the hype thatraised concerns in an already gloomy year, the world's largest hornets kill no more than a few dozen people a year in Asian countries. Meanwhile, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hornets, wasps and bees, which are commonly found in the United States, kill an average of 62 people a year.
The real threat from Asian giantshornets, which are up to 5 centimeters long, are their attacks on honeybees that are already under siege from behind. They have enough of such problems as ticks, diseases, pesticides and loss of food.
A dangerous insect is commonly found in China,Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and other countries in Asia. Washington State and the Canadian province of British Columbia are the only places on the continent where hornets have been found.
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