Hornets terrorize China and the officials are warning citizens to avoid wooded areas and fields this year after at least 28 people have lost their lives to killer hornet attacks. Over 500 people have been injured after swarms of killer hornets descended upon them stinging them. Many have serious injuries from these stings. These killer hornets continue terrorizing people in China without warning, according to Christian Post on Sept. 28.
Officials believe the killings and injuries are the work of the Asian giant hornet, also known as the yak-killer hornet. These flying and dive bombing insects can grow to two inches long and their stingers can be as long as a quarter of an inch. Officials now have sting guidelines in place for the public to follow if they are stung.
The killer hornets will travel at speeds up to 25 mph and are known to go as far as 62 miles in a single day when searching for food. The venom these hornets inject into their victims is extremely potent and it's already proven to be deadly to at least 28 people so far, according to Live Science. Their venom contains a potent neurotoxin that it uses to kill its prey.
The majority of the attacks have occurred in Shaanxi province. One man was chased over 650 feet and stung so many times that he suffered renal failure.
The Asian giant hornet is the world’s largest hornet and people need to keep a look out in China for a swarm. Officials have set guidelines for the number of hornet stings by any one person. They suggest anyone getting more than 10 hornet stings should seek medical attention. Those with more than 30 stings are in a medical emergency. They need medical attention immediately.
Experts on insects believe the influx of the killer hornets have to do with construction going deeper into the forests destroying their homes, so they are on the move. It also might have something to do with the hotter than usual weather making for a perfect breeding scenario.
Medical teams that specialize in hornet stings have been created in the area that the killer hornets have concentrated their attacks so far. Fire crews have removed more than 300 of the killer hornet nests from populated areas to date. It sounds as if the Chinese government is very pro-active around these attacks of the killer hornets, which sounds more like a matinee than it does a real-life scenario!