One of the biggest headlines of the past couple of weeks is that 'Murder Hornets' have entered the United States.
Though the headline is correct, you probably don't need to worry about getting killed by one of these things for a couple of reasons.
First off, there are no confirmed sightings of these hornets in Idaho. Actually, the only sightings of the Asian giant hornet in North America were recently confirmed cases in Northwestern Washington State and British Columbia, Canada.
Officials there are currently working hard to eradicate the ones they've found.
Second, the hornet can kill people, but one sting likely won't do that to the average person.
Paul Castrovillo, the entomologist for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, said these hornets typically only kill people when they swarm someone who happens to startle a nest, or if the person is allergic to the sting.
Castrovillo said the hornets aren't as aggressive as we might think.
"They would tend to try and get away from you rather than attack you," Castrovillo said. "If they are near their nest or a honeybee hive, they tend to be more aggressive and dangerous, other times, not so much."
It also isn't a done deal that these pests will be able to migrate much farther than they've gone already. Castrovillo said some invasive species get eradicated before they can spread far enough to sustain a foothold in a new place, though that isn't always the case.
"There is a chance [they will spread to Idaho], that's what has happened with a lot of invasive pests over the last hundred years," Castrovillo said. "If they don't get eradicated right away, typically some spreading occurs, so we're just watching and waiting to see what happens."
One of the most dangerous parts about these hornets doesn't even involve killing people; it's that they kill honeybees.
Ten Asian giant hornets can decimate a colony of 10,000 honeybees. They'll bite bees in half and take their honey back to their young, leaving the colony in ruins. This very problem has happened at least once in Washington to a local beekeeper there.
Honeybees are critical to our ecosystem as they pollinate the crops and flowers that grow all around us, and their population is already not in good shape.
So, these hornets not only pose a danger to humans, but they pose a significant danger to our bee population.
Though the dangers of these hornets migrating to Idaho and causing problems remains a possibility, stay calm, there is a way for us to defeat these pests before they spread.