There is a battle going on at our northern US border and Canada is joining in and together they are waging war against murder hornets.

I have to admit when I first heard of murder hornets, I was shocked but even more shocked when I got a look at just how big they are.

Murder hornets are not native to the United States or Canada but come from Asia. Scientists are not sure if they migrated here on their own or came via shipping containers which is probably the more likely choice.

Even though these insects have the name murder hornets they don't kill many humans but they can wipe out an entire honey bee hive in a matter of hours. We need honey bees to help pollinate our crops not to mention honey bees are on the decline in the first place, so them having a predator is not a good thing for the US or Canada.

According to WOOD, the murder hornets have been mainly found in Whatcom County located in Washington state and also in Fraser valley of British Columbia. These hornets have been located in both of these areas the past couple of years.

Scientists in both communities are doing everything they can to eradicate these giant insects and trying to keep them from establishing nests in the spring.

On both sides of the border traps are being set to catch the murder hornet queens who try and establish nests to create more worker hornets. They trap the hornets with orange juice and rice cooking wine. Some prefer using orange juice or a brown sugar based bait.

It is highly important to get rid of the murder hornets because the honey bee population depend on it, and we as humans all need honey bees to help with our crops so we can survive.

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