Asian Giant Hornet Watch Pt 2
The DOA’s Karla Salp says our data on the so-called “Murder Hornets” is limited so knowing WHERE they might show up, outside of Whatcom County, is unclear …
SALP … “If we didn’t get all the queens from the nests that we eradicated last year, we don’t know if they would still stay in that area. We don’t know if they would fly a certain distance over winter and then build a nest there, if they would fly a certain distance over winter and then fly even further. They’re capable of flying quite a long way, but how far they WILL fly, we don’t know.”
But, Salp says they
want to hear from anyone who thinks they might see one …
SALP … “So, reporting will be exactly the same as last year. Our preferred method is online at www.agr.wa.gov/hornets. Right at the top there’s a reporting form. You just go there. You can submit a photo, the exact location on a map of where you think you saw it. That’s one of the easiest ways.”
But, Salp says there are other reporting options …
SALP … “People can also submit an email to email@example.com. And, if they do that, you know, again, you can attach a photo. And then, the other thing we need to know is when and where you think you saw it.”
And, there is also a hotline at 800-443-6687.
The agency is not trapping anywhere outside of Whatcom County, but they are encouraging everyone in nearby counties to keep a lookout as well.
Again, go to www.agr.wa.gov/hornets if you have any questions about the Asian Giant Hornets.