Well if 2020 wasn't bad enough now we have murder hornets in the U.S.

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#1  Edited By warmblur
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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/02/us/asian-giant-hornet-washington.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

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#2 mrbojangles25
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I remember seeing a documentary on these quite a few years ago, it was terrifying then and it is terrifying now.

And those poor honeybees, man. They just can't catch a break.

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It's like the US about to collapse.

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#4 DEVILinIRON
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I live in WA and have no desire to encounter those things. The article said a bite from one can be excruciating.

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#5 Kadin_Kai
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Not to forget the locust swarms affecting many countries.

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Uh oh. More stay at home orders incoming!

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@Solaryellow said:

Uh oh. More stay at home orders incoming!

Why? These are big enough so you can hit them with bullets. Get pest control on them. Depending on how long they have been staying in US, it might still exist a possibility to kill them all in US.

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@DEVILinIRON said:

I live in WA and have no desire to encounter those things. The article said a bite from one can be excruciating.

Bite or sting?

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@shellcase86: You're right. Sting.

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Nasty buggers. Really good at killing honey bees, so watch out for impacts to anything that rely on them.

Read somewhere that the thing killed 40 people in China a few years back, and that they had to have their army bust out the flamethrowers to control them.

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@horgen said:
@Solaryellow said:

Uh oh. More stay at home orders incoming!

Why? These are big enough so you can hit them with bullets. Get pest control on them. Depending on how long they have been staying in US, it might still exist a possibility to kill them all in US.

Who will volunteer? Dick Cheney?

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@warmblur: Unfortunately for us, Western honeybees are not trained to deal with these hornets unlike their Japanese counterparts. Might have to start breeding Japanese honeybees. They've evolved a defense against the murder hornet. And surprisingly, Japanese honeybees are also less likely to sting than Western version.

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Japan must pay reparations to the USA! USA! USA! OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE...

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@Solaryellow said:
@horgen said:
@Solaryellow said:

Uh oh. More stay at home orders incoming!

Why? These are big enough so you can hit them with bullets. Get pest control on them. Depending on how long they have been staying in US, it might still exist a possibility to kill them all in US.

Who will volunteer? Dick Cheney?

Family Guy has a trained team for it.

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Next up you're gonna tell me this is not how you deal with it?

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You know, I just remember something. There's a YouTuber goes by Coyote Peterson who loves to get sting by Insects for experiments and he tested how it feels to be stung by the Giant Hornet in his vid:

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Funny enough, ever since this story pop up, few articles already mention his name and I find Coyote interesting becasue he never cues when he's being stung.

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#16 shellcase86
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@davillain- said:

You know, I just remember something. There's a YouTuber goes by Coyote Peterson who loves to get sting by Insects for experiments and he tested how it feels to be stung by the Giant Hornet in his vid:

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Funny enough, ever since this story pop up, few articles already mention his name and I find Coyote interesting becasue he never cues when he's being stung.

Dude's YouTube-ing has turned in to a full fledged career.

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#17 Jag85
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I've lived with hornets before when I went abroad. You can use tropical insect repellant sprays to keep them away. Or you can use tropical insect killer sprays.