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World First US 'murder hornet' nest eradicated with hose

14:00  25 october  2020
14:00  25 october  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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The first nest of Asian giant hornets found in the US has successfully been destroyed by scientists. The nest of around 200 insects was then discovered in the city of Blaine close to the Canadian border. On Saturday, a crew of scientists wearing protective suits vacuumed the insects from the tree, which

The first nest of Asian giant hornets found in the US has successfully been destroyed by scientists.

a insect on the ground: Scientists in Washington state fitted a tracking device to the insects using dental floss © Reuters Scientists in Washington state fitted a tracking device to the insects using dental floss

The nest, in the state of Washington, was found by putting tracker devices on the hornets and it was sucked out of a tree using a vacuum hose.

The invasive species insects, known as "murder hornets", have a powerful sting and can spit venom.

They target honeybees, which pollinate crops, and can destroy a colony in just a matter of hours.

The nest in Washington was found when entomologists, scientists that study insects, used dental gloss to tie tracking devices to three hornets.

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Scientists in the US state of Washington have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the country after several weeks of searching. "Ladies and gentlemen, we did it," said Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) spokeswoman Karla Salp. The nest was found on Thursday by

State agriculture department posts video of Asian giant hornet ; officials had hoped to find nest before hornets ’ ‘ murder phase’.

The nest of around 200 insects was then discovered in the city of Blaine close to the Canadian border.

On Saturday, a crew of scientists wearing protective suits vacuumed the insects from the tree, which will now be cut down to remove any further nests.

a bird perched on a tree branch: The nest of around 200 Asian giant hornets was found in a tree in the city of Blaine © Reuters The nest of around 200 Asian giant hornets was found in a tree in the city of Blaine

Asian giant hornets are the among the world's largest wasps - the queens can reach over 5cm (2in) long.

Their venomous sting can penetrate humans' protective clothing but the number of people they kill each year is low - about 40 annually in Asia, according to the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C.

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Normally their natural habitat is in areas of Asia from China to Japan, but in 2019 there were several sightings of single "murder hornets" in North America.

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Nest near Canadian border contained an estimated 100 to 200 invasive insects, which crews vacuumed into canisters.

But now, entomologists at the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) say they have found the first Murder Hornet nest of its kind in the A team of people in protective suits was pictured destroying the nest of the deadly species on Saturday. The deadly pests were nesting in a tree – with

A nest was destroyed in Vancouver Island in Canada in December last year.

Globally, conservationists are deeply concerned about falling insect populations. But it can be permissible to kill some insects if they are an invasive species - one that is not native to an area and preys on other insects there.

Honeybees are under threat due to loss of food after habitat destruction, pesticides, and disease.

When an Asian giant hornet enters a honeybee colony, it begins a "slaughter phrase" in which it kills bee after bee and can destroy the colony in a few hours.

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