SEATTLE (AP) – The Washington State Department of Agriculture is moving forward with new rules that would give them more tools to combat the spread of invasive Asian giant hornets.
The pests pose a threat to bees.
Throughout 2020, the agency tracked and trapped the hornets.
Late in the year, they destroyed a nest in a tree in Blaine.
About 200 queens were found.
Now, the department is proposing new rules that would empower them to limit the hornets’ spread.
The agency seeks to impose a quarantine on all live hornets, which would outlaw the sale, distribution or knowing movement of hornets in Washington.