Washington State officials say it looks like an Asian giant goat hamster has crossed the border into British Columbia.
Another Asian giant goat hamster nest exterminated near the Canadian border
The Washington State Department of Agriculture said authorities in BC recently found one of the insects – sometimes referred to as “killer horns” – in a trap set for the invasive Japanese beetle.
They said it was located in an area not far from where nests were found and destroyed in Washington state, but they did not say exactly where.
‘Murder Hornets’ is buzzing closer to BC
The department said BC and U.S. authorities will try to analyze DNA from the sample to determine if it was from a nest south of the border.
Several Asian giant goat nest nests have been destroyed in Washington state this year.
Hornets can grow up to five inches long and are the world’s largest hornets. They have large, yellow heads, black eyes, a black body and a black and yellow-striped belly.
Third ‘murder horn’ nest from 2021 destroyed south of the border crossing BC
Although not considered to be particularly dangerous to humans, the Invasive Species Council of BC warns that they are capable of delivering painful stings and are a threat to people allergic to bees and wasps.
– with files from Simon Little and The Associated Press
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