The so-called “murder hornets” have come to the United States, and they might have hitch-hiked their way here.
Two of the Asian giant hornets were discovered in Washington state in late 2019. Scientists have been trying to track them ever since to help rid the United States of them, according to The New York Times.
How did the “murder hornets” arrive?
Karla Salp, a spokesperson for the Washington State Department of Agriculture, said in a recent interview that the giant hornets likely came here by accident.
“Normally, though, they are unwitting hitchhikers on something (like shipping containers) or someone,” Salp told AFP.
According to CBS, two hornets were discovered in December. One flew away and the other died.
Researchers discovered a nest in Vancouver Island. It was destroyed. But then another specimen was discovered in White Rock, British Columbia, back in November, CBS reports.
Scientists suggest there might be more of these hornets soaring around the country. So they want the public to be aware, according to CBS.
“During this trapping season and with the help of public education and encouragement to report suspected sightings, we hope to have a better idea of where they are as well as to eradicate them if we can,” Salp told AFP.
Should you be worried?
No, Salp said.
“In general, people do not need to worry,” she said. “As long as you don’t step in a nest or approach a beehive they have taken over, there is a fairly low risk that you will be stung.”