Researchers trap 'murder hornets'

Researchers in Washington state are now in a race against time to find the hornets' nest before hundreds more hatch.
2:09 | 08/03/20

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For the first time a murder hornet has been trapped in Washington state. Now it's a race against time to find the nest before hundreds more hatch. Reporter: This morning Washington state officials preparing for what could be a massive stand off against international killers with a deadly name -- murder hornets. We have a response team ready to rope the area off and perform an eradication which will essentially destroy most of the hornets. Reporter: Researchers finally trapping one. The Asian giant hornet can be problematic in the United States because it's an invasive species. Reporter: These hornets were first spotted in Washington state last year. They can grow about as five times as big as a honey bee. What that means to us is that at least one of them went through to produce breeding and there can be 200 to 300 queens kicked out. Reporter: Now the clock is ticking to find the nest before mid September when the new queens and drones will hatch. The hornets are expanding out the size of their colonies for one big push. In the fall, if we can catch them now at this early point, we can eradicate these organisms so they don't become established. Reporter: Experts are on the hunt to find their nests. Murder hornets kill up to 50 people in Japan each year. They pose a much bigger threat to honey bees. Honey bees are incredibly important to our food security. They can decimate honey bee colonies. Because our bees have dealt with so much, murder hornets can be quite a problem. Reporter: Washington state officials are telling residents to keep an eye out for the deadly hornets. If you see one, keep a safe distance. Not what we need right now. Thank you, Kaylee. Coming up next we'll lighten

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