A HIVE of deadly ‘murder hornets’ has been located in Washington and eradicated by space-suited specialists.
The basketball-sized nest was found hidden in the hollow of a tree in woods two hours north of Seattle, officials said. Space-suited specialists vacuumed up the hive and later destroyed the tree to kill the larvae inside.
“Got ’em,” the Washington State Department of Agriculture tweeted on Saturday, October 24, alongside photos of their efforts.
“Vacuumed out several #AsianGiantHornets from a tree cavity near Blaine this morning,” the tweet read.
The murder hornets — named for their ability to decimate a hive of bees in a matter of hours — have destroyed six or seven hives in the area.
The species is normally found in China and other Asian countries, where their stings kill about a dozen people a year. It’s unknown how they got to North America.
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