Are 'murder hornets' already in NY? No, but they will be eventually

1010 WINS Newsroom
May 05, 2020 - 3:16 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Giant hornets known as “murder hornets” that recently arrived in North America haven’t made their way to New York yet, but they will eventually, according to a report.

A number of tristate residents have been reporting “murder hornet” sightings; experts, however, told the New York Post those people were probably confusing them with several larger hornet varieties that are already in the area, including the European hornet. 

But the Asian "murder hornets," which arrived in Washington state last fall, will make their way to the East Coast eventually, according to experts with whom the Post spoke

It “could be years before they make a foothold (on the East Coast) — or they could end up in the back of somebody’s truck and be here in four days,” Manhattan-based beekeeper Andrew Cote explained to the outlet. 

“It’s a done deal,” he said. “There’s no way to contain it to the West Coast.” 

“Murder hornets” are the world’s largest hornets, as they can grow up to two inches in length. Their stings can penetrate beekeeper suits and “deliver nearly seven times the amount of venom as a honey bee,” the Associated Press reported, noting that “multiple stings can kill humans, even if they are not allergic.” 

They are also known to attack honey bee hives, “killing adult bees and devouring larvae and pupae,” according to the outlet. 

Despite what the experts describe as the hornets’ inevitable spread across the country, there is some good news: the New York Department of Environmental Conservation told Albany-based WRGB CBS 6 that the hornets are “not suited for temperatures commonly found in upstate New York.” 

Some beekeepers, meanwhile, “are (already) aware of how to contend with this hornet,” beekeeper Mike Nally told WRGB. 

“As long as they share their solutions I think we’ll be fine,” he said.