July 23, 2020
WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The buzz about Asian giant hornets in Washington might have died down, but the process to track them is still very much alive.
Over 2,000 potential sightings of the invastive hornets have been reported to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) over the past few months.
Almost all of them turned out to be false reports.
“99.9% of the time the answer is no. People are learning a lot, not about Asian giant hornets, but about other insects that are out there,” said Karla Salp, WSDA Public Engagement Specialist.
The insects most commonly confused for Asian giant hornets are bald-faced hornets, yellow jackets, bumblebees and ten-lined beetles.