Bug experts dismiss worry about US ‘murder hornets’ as hype

Bug experts are dismissing as media hype the recent worry about so-called murder hornets spotted in Washington state. They say despite its homicidal nickname and this week’s headlines, the Asian giant hornet is not a big threat to people. The world’s largest hornets could be a threat to honeybees if they get established in America. But they haven’t yet. No live hornets have been found in the U.S. and the only live nest seen in North America was wiped out last September. Bug experts across the country are getting calls from worried people thinking they saw one of these hornets, yet haven’t.