2020 has been a strange year, and that’s putting it lightly.
The most obvious reason for this has been the global coronavirus pandemic, and the incredibly overwhelming economic and societal impact that the virus has had. We’ve been socially distant from one another, as a great many of us are worrying about when and where the next rent payment will come from.
There’s also been a record hurricane season to contend with, a presidential election the likes of which we’ve never seen before, a racial reckoning in the streets, wildfires in California, and even the threat of World War III kicking off in the Middle East all the way back in January.
Oh, and how could we forget Murder Hornets: Giant, venomous insects that have somehow made it to the United States from the far east.
This week, scientists in the Pacific Northwest were finally able to locate and eradicate a hive of these monstrosities.
Space-suited bug specialists successfully vacuumed up a nest of so-called “murder hornets” in Washington state on Saturday, capping a months-long effort to swat back the invasive, bee-slaughtering pest.
“Got ’em,” the Washington State Department of Agriculture tweeted on Saturday afternoon, alongside photos of their efforts.
The video is a must-see:
Got ‘em. Vacuumed out several #AsianGiantHornets from a tree cavity near Blaine this morning. Further details will be provided at a press conference on Monday. Staff not available for interviews before then. pic.twitter.com/31kgAUuJd0
— WA St Dept of Agr (@WSDAgov) October 24, 2020
In order to locate the hive, scientists baited the hornets with strawberry jam, tying tiny GPS beacons to them with dental floss. And no, that was not a joke.
While murder hornets do account for approximately a dozen deaths a year in Asia, their name is derived from the swiftness in which they can decimate the local, pollinating bee populations.