Asian giant hornet nest destroyed


September 1, 2021

ALIENS LANDED, NESTED, CAPTURED – Washington State Department of Agriculture staff captured some Asian giant hornets while destroying the rest and their nest near Blaine on August 25. Contact WSDA staff if you site one of these hornets. – Photo courtesy of WSDA

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Agriculture eradicated the first Asian giant hornet nest of the year on August 25.

The nest was in the base of a dead alder tree in rural Whatcom County, east of Blaine, about two miles from the nest that WSDA eradicated last October and about one-quarter mile from where a resident reported a live sighting of an Asian giant hornet on August 11. The site was about one-quarter mile from the Canadian border.

WSDA staff began Wednesday’s eradication by vacuuming 113 worker hornets from the nest. Once the worker hornets were removed, the tea...

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