In a press statement, Sven Spichiger, managing entomologist for the department said:
This is encouraging because it means we know that the traps work. But it also means we have work to do.
The WDSA hopes to find the nest and destroy it, but citizen scientists have placed over 1,300 traps to capture hornet specimens.
Asian giant hornets, which are the world’s largest hornet species, became something of a meme and doomsday sign after the insects were first discovered in the Washington state back in May.
Asian giant hornets can slaughter entire bee colonies, leaving what is essentially (and terrifyingly) piles of headless bees in the destruction. They are also known for their extremely painful stings which kill up to 50 people in Japan a year. It is not known how they arrived in North America.
I feel like god is using an end-of-the-world problem generator and just got “murder hornets”