As if things can't get any worse, one province is now dealing with huge murder hornets that look like they're straight out of a bad sci-fi movie. As the nation watches on in terror, one question stands out: will murder hornets in B.C. spread? You can breathe a sigh of relief because one expert says we're safe, for now.\nMurder hornets, also known as Asian giant hornets, originate from areas in Asia like Japan. But horrifyingly, some have been found in North America recently, and the bugs were seen in B.C. back in 2019.\nNow, the B.C. government is again warning locals to keep an eye out for the 3.5 centimetre-long, carnivorous insects. Narcity spoke with an expert who said that for the time being, they're just our problem and likely won't spread to other provinces.\nDr. Allan Carroll is an entomologist specializing in forest insects at UBC and the director of the forest sciences undergraduate program.\n"Its native habitat is one that is deemed to be Mediterranean-like, so in other words, it needs to be reasonably mild," said Carroll to Narcity.\n"Of course, mild in Canada is almost entirely associated with the West Coast and nowhere else."\nAccording to Carroll, the species has one major weakness: bad weather.\n"I doubt that the climate would allow it to actually survive the winter. Outside of the lower mainland."\nThe Asian Giant Hornet, Vespa mandarinia was recently found in Nanaimo, BC. The size of this worker is compared to the European Hornet (another introduced species), the Western Yellowjacket, and the Bald-faced Hornet. pic.twitter.com/mALUkYzGzY— Cory Silas Sheffield (@CorySilas) October 2, 2019\nIn fact, Carroll believes the reason why the hornets were able to survive in North America in the first place is due to climate change. Before, - 10 degree winters would've killed the insects.\n"Not only has it become mild in summertime, but in particular, it's become much more mild in the wintertime, which means that these cold limited species are no longer as limited as they used to," said Carroll.\nView this post on Instagram The Asian Giant Hornet gets the name “Murder Hornet” because they slaughter entire bee colonies by cutting off their heads as they are seeking their larvae (bee babies). According to news articles written in the USA and Europe, these giant hornets do not appear to be aggressive towards humans, however in 2013 swarms killed 19 people in China. The Washington State Department of Agriculture put out a pest alert after a resident of Blaine Wa, spotted a 2” Asian Giant Hornet buzzing around their hummingbird feeder. The resident notified the Washington State Department of Agriculture who later found the dead hornet. Nearby Canada spotted the Asian Giant Hornet in British Columbia (10 miles from the WA. border) and Vancouver Island. The entomologist was able to destroy the hornet nest but was stung in the process. They have placed hornet traps around WA state to try to stop the hornets from spreading. Check out our Facebook page and website for more details. Link in bio #murderhornets #asiangianthornet #honeybees #pollinators #beekeeper #beekeeping A post shared by Hudson Hives (@hudsonmahives) on May 4, 2020 at 1:16pm PDT\nView this post on Instagram オオスズメバチの新女王の身繕い Grooming of a new Queen of Vespa mandarinia (Japanese giant hornet) November 25th, 2019 #ハチ #スズメバチ #膜翅目 #ハチ目 #細腰亜目 #ハチ亜目 #スズメバチ上科 #スズメバチ科 #スズメバチ亜科 #スズメバチ属 #オオスズメバチ #wasp #hornet #hymenoptera #apocrita #vespoidea #vespidae #vespinae #vespa #vespamandarinia #vespamandariniajaponica #asiangianthornet #japanesegianthornet A post shared by ふかしん(スズメバチの人) (@vespidae_wasps) on Apr 10, 2020 at 5:10pm PDT\nOver time, Carroll said climate change could cause the hornets to spread into the rest of Canada. That's terrifying news for Canadians and honeybees alike.\nThe bees are a favourite snack of the hornets. "It will very happily attack entire hives of honeybees," he said, "decimating" the essential pollinators.\nThe BC Ministry of Agriculture released an important bulletin March 20, 2020 on the Asian giant hornet, reminding residents in the Lower Mainland to be on the lookout this spring and summer. Visit https://t.co/p2XWoCs2fM to read the full bulletin. #BCinvasives #asiangianthornet— ISCBC (@ISCBC) April 1, 2020\nThere is a way you can help though, he said. If you spot any giant hornets come your way, immediately tell the authorities. The hive is usually close by, and they'll be able to get rid of them.\nTheir numbers are still low; with your help, said Carroll, they can stay that way.