By Sarah Keane • 26 October 2020 • 11:57
A HIVE of deadly ‘murder hornets’ has been located in Washington and eradicated by space-suited specialists.
The basketball-sized nest was found hidden in the hollow of a tree in woods two hours north of Seattle, officials said. Space-suited specialists vacuumed up the hive and later destroyed the tree to kill the larvae inside.
“Got ’em,” the Washington State Department of Agriculture tweeted on Saturday, October 24, alongside photos of their efforts.
“Vacuumed out several #AsianGiantHornets from a tree cavity near Blaine this morning,” the tweet read.
The murder hornets — named for their ability to decimate a hive of bees in a matter of hours — have destroyed six or seven hives in the area.
The species is normally found in China and other Asian countries, where their stings kill about a dozen people a year. It’s unknown how they got to North America.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been using tracking devices, attached with dental floss, to keep tabs on the dangerous critters.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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