First Asian giant hornet nest discovered near Blaine

Crews found the nest after they followed a hornet that was equipped with a tracking device.

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BELLINGHAM — Authorities say they’ve found the first Asian giant hornet nest of 2021 in a rural area east of Blaine, about a quarter-mile from where a resident reported seeing one of the hornets earlier this month.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture says it narrowed the search area on Tuesday and located the nest Thursday morning.

KOMO reports crews found the nest after they followed a hornet that was equipped with a tracking device. Crews were able to net and tag three hornets between Aug. 11 and Aug. 17.

State entomologists will now develop a plan to eradicate the nest, most likely next week.

The 2-inch-long invasive insects, first found near the U.S.-Canadian border in December 2019, are native to Asia and pose a threat to honeybees and native hornet species. While not particularly aggressive toward humans, their sting is extremely painful and repeated stings, though rare, can kill.

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