According to the WSDA website, they will continue to trap Asian giant hornets through the end of November.
Asian giant hornets are the world’s largest hornets and were first detected in the United States in 2019. The WDSA is working with local, state, and federal partners to prevent them from establishing in the US.
The hornets earned the “murder hornet” nickname because they enter a “slaughter phase,” where they kill bees by decapitating them, according to officials. They natively live in a region from northern India to East Asia. They prey on honeybees and other insects and some hornets can destroy a hive in just a few hours, the WSDA said.
The hornet is considered invasive in the United States and was first reported in the Vancouver Island area of Canada in August 2019 and has since been detected in the far northwest corner of Washington state, according to the USDA.