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Murder Hornets Sucked Up By Vacuum Alive and Under Study

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  • Scientists eradicated the first murder hornet nest found in the US
  • The team used a vacuum to suck out a total of 85 Asian giant hornets 
  • However, officials revealed that all of the insects survived the extraction
  • A video shows the insects crawling along the inside of a plastic tube
  • Officials say the hornets will be used for research purposes

Scientists in wearing protective gear that almost resemble Monsters Inc. level hazmat suits eradicated the first murder hornet nest found in the US over the weekend using a heavy duty vacuum to suck the insects out of the tree.

However, the Washington State of Agriculture (WSDA) has announced that two days after the extraction, all of the 85 Asian giant hornets were still alive in the long plastic tube.

 

The agency shared a short clip on its Facebook page showing the demon-like hornets frantically flapping their wings and crawling along the inside of their plastic cage in an attempt to escape.

While the extraction was successful officials estimate that there could be possibly three more nests in the area.

The captured hornets will be kept to be studied as well as live testing.  After the hornets were extracted, workers then filled the tree cavity with carbon dioxide and finished wrapping the tree in plastic.

The tree will later be cut down to extract newborn hornets and learn if any queens had left the hive already.

Managing entomologist Sven Spichiger said: ‘The eradication went very smoothly, even though our original plan had to be adapted due to the fact that the nest was in a tree, rather than the ground.’

‘While this is certainly a morale boost, this is only the start of our work to hopefully prevent the Asian giant hornet from gaining a foothold in the Pacific Northwest. We suspect there may be more nests in Whatcom County.’

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