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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Invasive Hornet Trapping Program

Anacortes Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Washington State Department of Agriculture and many local government and private agencies to set out traps for the Giant Asian Hornet.  The Swinomish Nation, Samish Nation, Port of Anacortes, Skagit County Parks, Transition Fidalgo and Friends and the Friends of the ACFL are all working with us to set up a coordinated trapping system on Fidalgo Island.  Some private residents are also joining the effort and have reached out to us as well. 


For residents looking for more information about the invasive hornets, the Department of Agriculture has put together some great resources. 

Here is a link to their trapping website, click here.

For information on hornets in Washington State and how to tell them apart, click here

The invasive Giant Asian Hornets can be up to 2 inches long and will attack and destroy honey bee hives.  Our native hornets (yellow jackets and bald faced hornets) do not pose such a drastic threat to honey bees. These native hornets, although often a nuisance to humans, play an important role in our native ecosystem.


Giant Asian Hornet

bald faced hornet

Bald Faced Hornet

Yellow jacket

Yellow Jacket

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