By John Ryan / kouw.org

Washington state officials say they’ve upped their game and are determined to eradicate so-called “murder hornets” this year.

Asian giant hornet queens could start emerging from the ground any day now as spring draws near. The invasive hornets were first spotted in Whatcom County, in the state’s northwest corner, in 2019, shortly after the continent’s first sighting on Canada’s Vancouver Island.

Last year, Washington scientists hand-tied tiny transmitters onto the hornet queens with dental floss to track them back to their nests. This year, they say they’ll use high-strength Kevlar thread instead of dental floss.

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