BLAINE – After weeks of trapping and looking out, Washington State Division of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists have positioned an Asian big hornet nest on a property in Blaine – the primary ever such nest discovered within the U.S.
The company plans to try an eradication of the nest on Saturday, Oct. 24. Preliminary plans to eradicate the nest right this moment have been tabled as a result of inclement climate.
The profitable detection of a nest comes after a WSDA trapper collected two dwell Asian big hornets on Oct. 21, caught in a brand new sort of lure the company had positioned within the space. Two extra hornets, additionally dwelling, had been present in one other lure the morning of Oct. 22 when WSDA employees arrived within the space to tag the beforehand trapped hornets with radio trackers and observe one again to its nest.
The entomologists had been capable of connect radio trackers to a few hornets, the second of which make them the invention of the nest, discovered about four p.m. on Oct. 22.
The nest is contained in the cavity of a tree positioned on non-public property close to an space cleared for a residential house. Whereas Asian big hornets usually nest within the floor, they’re sometimes discovered nesting in useless bushes. Dozens of the hornets had been seen coming into and exiting the tree whereas the WSDA staff was current.
The property proprietor has already offered permission for WSDA employees to eradicate the nest and take away the tree, if obligatory.
WSDA has been actively trying to find Asian big hornet nests for the reason that first such hornets had been caught earlier this 12 months. The primary confirmed detection of an Asian big hornet in Washington was made in December 2019 and the primary hornet trapped in July of this 12 months. A number of extra had been subsequently caught, all in Whatcom County.
Utilizing a community of traps, some set by WSDA employees and a whole lot extra positioned by citizen scientists and different cooperators all through the state, the entomologists have been diligently monitoring sightings of the Asian big hornet in an ongoing effort to seek out nests to eradicate them.
Asian big hornets, an invasive pest not native to the U.S., are the world’s largest hornet and a predator of honey bees and different bugs. A small group of Asian big hornets can kill a complete honey bee hive in a matter of hours.