Deadly giant hornets kill 42 people

Terrifying Deadly Giant Hornets have killed over 1000 people in China and injured thousands more with their incredibly dangerous venomous stings.

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The Mega Giant Asian Hornet’s scientific name is Vespa Mandarina and it carries a toxic venom that destroys red blood cells. These venomous stings often lead to kidney failure and subsequent death, said Justin O. Schmidt, an entomologist at Southwest Biological Institute in Tucson, Arizona. Often worse than the toxicity of the venom is allergic reactions. Schmidit say many folks are inherently more allergic to stinging venomous insects than others.  A single sting from a bee, hornet, yellow jacket or wasp, can trigger deadly anaphylactic shock which can result in breathing difficulty, heart attack, or closure of airways.

In the past two month, Griant Asian Hornet attacks have killed over 50 people and injured thousands in China according to the Chinese Government and a recent CNN story.  Of the people attacked in China, over 200 were hospitalized.

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Up close and personal, the Giant Deadly Asian Hornet is a sight to behold. It’s immediately apparent this ginormous man hunter is the largest hornet species in the world.  It’s the wasp equivalent of a pit bull with wings. “It’s face looks like an evil entity from your worst nightmares,” said Kim Jong Un of North Korea.  Said Jong Un, “these insects are more frightening than our nuclear weapons.

These Giant Asian Deadly Hornets are found throughout Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, India, and Nepal.

These Asian Terrorists are huge!. The Giant Deadly Asian Hornet extends to almost two inches.  About the size of a woman’s index finger.  This demonic insect even has a black uni-tooth is uses for digging.

The Giant Deadly Asian Hornets are attracted to human sweat, alcohol and sweet flavors and smells. They are especially sensitive to when animals or people run, according to Chinese authorities. This makes those who imbibe beer or other alcoholic beverages while enjoy the outdoors especially vulnerable.  Can you imagine catching a beer buzz at a picnic and stumbling into a nest of Giant Asian Deadly Hornets?

Most hornet’s nests are tucked away in secluded places, such as tree hollows or even underground. Many times nests are camouflaged on low hanging tree branches that unsuspecting hikers will run walk into head first. This is a fatal mistake and a certain painful death sentence with Giant Deadly Asian Hornets.

“It’s very difficult to prevent the attacks from these terrifying creatures, because hornet nests are usually in hidden sites,” said Shunichi Makino, director general of the Hokkaido Research Center for Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute in Japan.

What is the human impact?

Over the summer and early fall, hornets have invaded schools full of children and descended upon unsuspecting farm workers in China.
One of them is Mu Conghui, who was attacked in Ankang City while looking after her millet crop. “The hornets were horrifying,” she told Xinhua, the Chinese state-run news agency. “They hit right at my head and covered my legs. All of a sudden, I was stung, and I couldn’t move. “Even now, my legs are covered with sting holes.” Two months, 13 dialysis treatments and 200 stitches later, Mu still remains hospitalized and unable to move her legs.

Makino, who specializes in entomology, warned that the sting from an Asian giant hornet was severe compared with those of other insects.
The Asian giant hornet has a venom that destroys red blood cells.
The influx of venom to the human body can cause allergic reactions and multiple organ failure, leading to death. Patients like Mu have been receiving dialysis to remove the toxins from their bodies. In photos, patients bore deep, dark craters scattered across their limbs, the size of bullet wounds.
Dr. Wang Xue, director of the intensive care unit at First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University and an expert of the provincial hornet sting treatment guidance unit, warned in a Shaanxi government release that hornets tend to be aggressive and more active during September and October, their breeding season. The hornets do not go into hibernation until December, according to local government authorities.
Local authorities have deployed thousands of police officers and locals to destroy the hives. About 710 hives have been removed and at least 7 million yuan (about $1.1 million U.S.) sent to areas affected by hornets, according to a government press release.

 

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Why so many attacks now?

The spate of attacks could be caused by the unusually dry weather in the area, authorities say. The arid environment makes it easier for hornets to breed. Urbanization could also be a contributing factor, as humans move into hornets’ habitats.

Some experts cited in Xinhua stated additional factors such as increased vegetation and a decrease in the hornets’ enemies, such as spiders and birds, because of ecological changes.

In other words, it’s a good season for the hornet population, which makes it a bad season for people who encounter them.
The provincial government of Shaanxi has warned residents to wear long sleeves when outdoors and not to attempt to drive the swarms away or remove the hives.

Japan is familiar with Asian giant hornet stings, too. About 30 to 50 deaths are reported each year in Japan from such attacks, according to Japanese studies. Most of the deaths are due to allergies to the venom, Makino said.
The giant hornets are also destructive to western honeybees. Research in Japan suggests that tens of thousands of honeybee hives are damaged by the giant hornets each year.

How to protect yourself

 

As powerful as their sting can be, it is highly unlikely that these hornets would travel all the way to the United States to find a new home, Schmidt said, or in the United Kingdom for that matter. To go to Western Europe, they’d have to cross some “nasty deserts” to which they are not adapted.

As deadly as live adult giant hornets can be, some people don’t shy away from them altogether. There is a sports drink in Japan called VAAM that incorporates amino acids derived from hornets. In Taiwan, where the giant hornet is known as the “tiger head,” the insect is sometimes used in alcoholic drinks, Starr said, the idea being that “the essence of this great big strong hornet will go out into the booze, and when you drink it, you’ll become strong.”
That’s one way to get a buzz.

 

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