Invasive Species Alert

WSDA Entomologists Eradicate First Asian Giant Hornet Nest

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Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists successfully eradicated an Asian giant hornet nest by vacuuming the hornets out of the nest on Saturday Oct. 24th, only two days after finding the nest on a private property in Blaine, Washington.

“The eradication went very smoothly, even though our original plan had to be adapted due to the fact that the nest was in a tree, rather than the ground,” managing entomologist Sven Spichiger said. “While this is certainly a morale boost, this is only the start of our work to hopefully prevent the Asian giant hornet from gaining a foothold in the Pacific Northwest. We suspect there may be more nests in Whatcom County.”

WSDA will continue setting traps through at least November in hopes of catching any more Asian giant hornets still in Whatcom County and potentially locating other nests.

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On Monday, a lone Asian giant hornet was found in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Residents and beekeepers are advised to keep on the lookout for more. To read more, click here.

The BC Ministry of Agriculture said sightings of Asian giant hornet can be reported to the Invasive Species Council of B.C. at 1-888-933-3722, online, or on the council’s Report Invasives mobile phone app.