Transportation crews to set Asian giant hornet traps

SEATTLE (AP) — Transportation and agriculture crews plan to set traps in July along state highways to catch Asian giant hornets. The Department of Transportation says it will partner with other agencies to set at least 1,200 traps across Washington. They’ll focus on the northwest part of the state starting July 3. The hornets were found in Blaine near the U.S.-Canadian border in 2019. They’re a threat to honeybees and native hornet species. The traps will be placed at least 6 feet high on trees near edges of forests. Crews will check the traps weekly during other normal maintenance and preservation work.