Deadly ‘murder hornets’ located

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Deadly ‘murder hornets’ located
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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.

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“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.


The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been using tracking devices, attached with dental floss, to keep tabs on the dangerous critters.

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