PULLMAN, Wash. — Researchers at Washington State University say they have predicted how and where the Asian giant hornet, also dubbed the “murder hornet” by some, could spread and find ideal places to live in the US and across the world.

The team found that if the hornet gets a foothold in Washington state, it could spread down much of the West Coast.

They also believe the hornet could find habitat throughout America’s east coast and parts of Africa, Australia, Europe and South America if humans accidentally transport it.

Researchers say the predictions emphasize how important it is to stop the large hornets in Washington before they spread.