Murder Hornets Are Traveling South From Canada

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  • As the insect population is declining, Asian Giant Hornets, dubbed murder hornets, have made an appearance in Washington state and are a significant threat to honeybees
  • The hornets measure 2 inches in length, have teeth-like pincers and can sting multiple times, delivering seven times more venom than a honeybee
  • They don’t normally attack humans, but cause up to 50 deaths each year in Japan; scientists in the U.S. began preparations during last winter to eradicate them
  • Experts warn you should not try to capture or kill the hornets, but get away and report the sighting to your state department of agriculture

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