In photos: Washington state crews destroy first murder hornets nest in U.S.
Washington State Department of Agriculture workers, illuminated by red lamps, vacuum a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree in Blaine, Washington, on Saturday. Photo: Elaine Thompson/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
Heavily protected crews on Saturday dismantled the first Asian giant hornet nest found in the U.S., the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) confirmed in a statement declaring: “Got ’em.”
The big picture: The invasive species commonly referred to as the “murder hornet,” typically doesn’t harm humans unless provoked, though it has been known to kill people in Japan. The insect poses a major threat to local honeybee populations. But the WSDA said in a statement that the nest removal “appears to have been successful.”
Go deeper: The murder hornets are here