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Crews vacuum 'murder hornets' out of Washington nest

Murder Hornets Nest
Posted at 4:43 PM, Oct 24, 2020

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Heavily protected crews in Washington state have worked to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States.

Workers with the state Agriculture Department had spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops.

Crews wearing thick protective suits vacuumed the invasive insects from the cavity of a tree into large canisters Saturday.

The nest found near the Canadian border is about the size of a basketball and contained an estimated 100 to 200 hornets.