The Washing State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is stating that the Asian Giant Hornet, known as the “Murder Hornet”, has made its way into the United States for the first time. The WSDA confirms two cases in Blaine, WA, with additional probable cases in Custer, WA.
The insects are indeed deadly: the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates Asian Giant Hornets kill 30-50 people in Japan annually. Additionally, the insects pose a large threat to the United States’ already-struggling honeybee population. As per the USDA Pest Response Guidelines: during “Slaughter Events”, Asian Giant Hornets can quickly kill thousands of honeybees, taking over the honeybee hive, which cannot recover from the attacks and is lost.
The hornets are usually 1.5 – 2 inches long, with a painful sting that can become fatal if repeated, even to those that are not allergic. For more information, view the USDA Pest Response Guidelines or visit the WSDA Asian Giant Hornet page.