In the town of Blaine, WA, which sits right on the border between the U.S. and Canada, crews destroyed the first known nest of murder hornets in the U.S. You can see the lengths the Washington State Department of Agriculture workers had to go through to protect themselves from the 2-inch-long insects that can deliver incredibly painful stings and shoot venom.
Eliminating the nest was a challenge, but so was finding it.
The state agriculture department had been trying for some time to devise a way to track a murder hornet back to its nest. Finally, it was able to track the insect -- thanks to dental floss. Researchers figured out a way to tie radio trackers to the murder hornets using dental floss, and the hornets took the floss and tracker right back to the nest.
So the next time your patients balk about flossing, remind them that it helps their oral health and can have some other pretty interesting uses as well. And that list can now include murder hornet tracking.
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