I wonder who is behind this
The first sightings in the US were recorded in November 2019, and now experts have stated colonies of giant hornets have been located and subsequently exterminated.
Chris Looney, entomologist Washington State’s Department of Agriculture, told the New York Times all the colonies need to be exterminated within the next two years, or the situation could spiral out of control.
He said: “This is our window to keep it from establishing. If we can’t do it in the next couple of years, it probably can’t be done. Don’t try to take them out yourself if you see them.
“If you get into them, run away, then call us! It is really important for us to know of every sighting, if we’re going to have any hope of eradication."
So far, it is unclear how Asian hornets made their way to the States, but they have already spread so widely they are being found north of the border in Canada.
Conrad Bérubé, a beekeeper and entomologist, was sent to destroy a hive on Vancouver Island, and detailed his gruesome encounter which left him bleeding.
He said: “It was like having red-hot thumbtacks being driven into my flesh.” He added he was left bleeding after being stung."
Asian hornets have also made their way to the UK, and a report last month found the damage they can cause could cost the UK £7.6million, and wreak havoc on the already dwindling bee population.
A study from French scientists revealed the only way to control the population of Asian hornets is by destroying their nests and bait traps.
And the research, which looked at how rapidly populations can spread, revealed the staggering cost to Europe.
The team divided the costs into three groups - prevention, fighting the invasion, and damage caused by the invasion.
The results indicated to eradicate Asian hornets would be 11.9million euros (£10.5million) for France, 9million euros (£8million) for Italy and 8.6million euros (£7.6million) for the UK.