Today, September 28th, officials with Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) report 3 more confirmed sightings of Asian giant hornets. All 3 occurred in the area of Burk Road in east Blaine according to the announcement.
2 specimens were collected but a 3rd was thrown away after being found dead on a porch. WSDA officials said they were seen attacking a wasp nest as seen in the photo below.
These confirmed sightings bring the total number of Asian giant hornets detected in the state to 12 – all in Whatcom County.
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Volunteers, WSDA and supporting agencies have placed over 2,000 Asian giant hornet bottle traps around Washington state and have been submitting trap contents for evaluation and, when appropriate, lab confirmation, weekly since the spring. WSDA officials say the program will continue to October 31st.
The process of setting live traps began a month ago in order to capture Asian giant hornets live and place radio tracking devices on them. Once equipped with a tracker, captured hornets would be let back into the wild with the hope of tracking them back to their nest(s). If WSDA is able to locate a nest, the agency will eradicate it, officials said.