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WSDA is asking Whatcom County property owners to let them set and monitor Asian giant hornet traps

Photo of an Asian giant hornet trapped in Birch Bay on July 14, 2020. Source: WSDA
Photo of an Asian giant hornet trapped in Birch Bay on July 14, 2020. Source: WSDA

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with the Washington State Department of Agriculture are asking some Whatcom County property owners for permission to set and monitor traps for Asian giant hornets.

WSDA officials say they are having trouble finding Whatcom County property owners willing to have traps on their property.

Anyone who owns property in one of the green boxes shown on the map below and is willing to let WSDA hang and monitor a trap on the property should email ccichorz@agr.wa.gov with the address.

Source: WSDA

The traps are made of 2-liter bottles partially filled with juice. The property owner does not have to do anything other than allow WSDA staff to place the traps and check them every week or 2 through November, after which they will remove the traps.

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Asian giant hornet bottle trap. Source: WSDA
Asian giant hornet bottle trap. Source: WSDA

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