KENILWORTH, NJ - By popular demand Michael Devlin, who is an officer in the Kenilworth Police Department, and also the local beekeeper, has been asked and tagged on social media about his thoughts on the outbreak of the deadly Asian murder hornets. This is what he had to say.
What we want everyone to know about murder hornets is that only one nest of Asian giant hornets has been found in the United States and it was quickly eradicated. Right now, the nation’s top entomologists are watching the situation and beekeepers are not worried. If these hornets become a serious problem for honeybees, we will find a solution to keep the bees safe. The only colony found was in Northwest Washington state. It’s nothing more than the killer bee scare of the 80s all over again. Sensationalism in the midst of the pandemic
If you want to know what keeps beekeepers awake at night, it’s a varroa mite. The varroa mite is a parasitic mite that feeds on the fat bodies of bees and it’s decimating bee populations around the world. At this point in time, varroa mites are a much greater threat to honeybee populations than Asian giant hornets. If they were getting the same attention in the press, we may be able to find a solution for them.
Everyone now knows the term ‘murder hornet’ but the thing we should be talking about In the US is the varroa mite, an insect whose scientific name is the ‘Varroa destructor.' Let's stop with the murder hornet hype and start talking about the insect that’s killing more honeybees in the US than anything else right now, varroa mites!
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