Murder Hornets spotted in the Washington state
2020 could not get any worse.
Asian giant hornets have been spotted in the United States, specifically in Washington state
they are two inches long, they're the world's largest hornets with a sting that can kill humans if stung multiple times, according to experts at the Washington State University. Researches have nicknamed them "murder hornets."
Beekeepers have reported piles of dead bees with their heads ripped off, an alarming sight in a country with a rapidly declining bee population.
How did they come to the US?
Scientists don't know how these giant hornets native to Asia ended up in Washington state. They're sometimes transported in international cargo
"Their stings are big and painful, with a potent neurotoxin. Multiple stings can kill humans, even if they are not allergic."
What should you do if you spot one?
Washington state agricultural officials are asking beekeepers and residents to report any sightings of the giant hornets. But don't get too close. Its sting can penetrate a regular beekeeper's suit, and state scientists had to order special reinforced suits.
"Don't try to take them out yourself if you see them,"