200 Murder Hornets Destroyed in Washington
Remember those Murder Hornets discovered in Washington last month? You can now take a breathe of relief. Scientists say they have destroyed close to 200 queen hornets in a press release on Tuesday.
"We got there just in the nick of time," Sven-Erik Spichiger, an entomologist said in a statement, according to CBS News.
76 queens were destroyed which reportedly had the potential to create a whole new colony. 108 capped cells with pupae of new virgin queens were exterminated as well according to the press release. In addition, six combs, 776 cells, six unhatched eggs, 190 larvae, 112 workers and nine drones (male hornets) were also destroyed.
Murder Hornets are the largest species of hornet, according to the WSDA. They're pretty much savages too as they are notorious for invading honey bee hives and destroying them in just a matter of hours while "decapitating the bees and feeding surviving larvae to their own young," the WSDA said.
Although it is believed that the hornets do not typically attack people or pets unless they feel threatened, you don't want to take any chances. Their strings can cause a lot of pain and contain a potent neurotoxin. Multiple stings from the Asian giant hornet can actually kill a human.
After successfully destroying the species in Washington, the WSDA does plan to continue with the traps tor the next three years just to make sure that the area is free of them. The goal is to completely eliminate the hornets from the Pacific Northwest and stop the insects from establishing a permanent home here.
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