That’s one small step for man, one giant vacuum ride toward oblivion for hornet-kind.
Space-suited bug specialists successfully vacuumed up a nest of so-called “murder hornets” in Washington state on Saturday, capping a months-long effort to swat back the invasive, bee-slaughtering pest.
“Got ’em,” the Washington State Department of Agriculture tweeted on Saturday afternoon, alongside photos of their efforts.
“Vacuumed out several #AsianGiantHornets from a tree cavity near Blain this morning,” the tweet read.
The basketball-sized nest was hidden inside the hollow of a tree, in woods two hours north of Seattle, officials said.
It is the first nest of the 2-inch-long, venomous insects — real name “Asian giant hornets” — to be successfully located after almost a year of worrisome individual sightings near the British Columbia border.
The state’s effort began with the trapping of three hornets — and the task of keeping them alive with strawberry jam long enough for the next steps.
Entomologists then used dental floss to tie tiny radio tracking devices to their abdomens.
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