Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Top reasons to trap for Asian giant hornets

Karla Salp

Asian giant hornet bottle trap
With this being National Pollinator Health Week and only days away from the July 1 start for citizen scientist Asian giant hornet trapping, we reached out to our Pest Program and Asian Giant Hornet WatchFacebook group members to get their top reasons (some serious, others...not so much) to trap for Asian giant hornets.

  • To help honey bees keep their heads. – Cassie C.
  • So I can get some business cards made that say "Citizen Scientist" on them and pass them out. Duh. – Steve S.
  • No species of hornet is native to Washington. Let's keep WA hornet-free. – Sven S.
  • You might come upon a new odor you have never experienced previously! – Debbie V.
  • It is a great way to get kids and kids-at-heart involved in a science project that really makes a difference. – Karla S.
  • They are great for stir-fry. Best part is they are already soaked in orange juice and cider. – Lior H.
  • I garden and don't want to have the AGH become commonplace for me or anyone else. – Georgia N.
  • Because I don’t want my honey bee tattoo to be the only version I get to see in the future. – Becca S.
  • I'm SEVERELY anaphylactic and need to stay as safe as possible, so knowing how close the AGHs are is critical to me. – Rhainy C.
  • The hornet squad might come over and chest bump after removing the nest. – Rian W.
  • Tired of getting "Ancistrocerus sp.", "Polycheirus sp.", "Andrena sp." on iNaturalist. I just want a nice unambiguous chonker insect that doesn't need a microscope to ID to species. – Peter L.
  • Because if you trap one, the team in hornet suits might come. – Sven S.
  • No packing and mailing in nasty OJ-soaked bugs this year! Unless it is AGH of course... – Karla S.

If these reasons have inspired you to participate in citizen scientist trapping for Asian giant hornets (or you want to trap anyway), get ready now by getting your supplies so you are ready to trap starting July 1. A list of materials and trapping instructions are available on WSDA’s website.