Scientists have tried to trap invading insects and prevent an infestation since they were first seen in the state last year. More than two inches long, trumpets get their nickname from their propensity to attack and kill honeybees and potential, people.
Officials announced Friday that they had identified the Asian giant horn earlier this week from a trap collected near Birch Bay on July 14.
“This is encouraging because it means we know that traps work,” Sven Spichiger, managing entomologist for the Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA), said in a statement. “But it also means we have to do it.”
That work includes finding nests using infrared cameras and setting multiple traps, the announcement said. The state agriculture department plans to set up special traps to catch the trumpets and keep them alive so they can be tagged and tracked back to their colonies. When the agency finds the colonies, they will be destroyed.
The hope is to find the nest by mid-September before the colony begins creating new queens and drones, the statement said.
Scientists are unsure how giant Asian native hornets ended up in Washington state.
But do not approach.