Transportation and agriculture crews are preparing to set traps along state highways this July in an effort to catch Asian giant hornets.
The Washington Department of Transportation announced that it will partner with other agencies to set at least 1,200 traps across Washington, KING5 reported.
They will focus on the northwest part of the state starting July 3.
The hornets were found in Blaine near the U.S.-Canadian border in December 2019. They are still at large and pose a threat to honeybees and native hornet species.
Although they are not particularly aggressive toward humans, their sting is said to be extremely painful.
The traps will be placed at least 6 feet high on trees near the edges of forests. Crews will check the traps every week during other normal maintenance and preservation work.
The Department of Agriculture has placed the giant hornets on the list of quarantine pests.
This gives the state more tools to help eradicate the invasive species by allowing the department to declare any land within 20 meters of a nest a restricted “infested site,” even if it sits on private property.