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This One’s for the Bees! Oregon Agriculture Officials Place Restrictions on Pesticides

Bee Happy

In the early summer months of 2013, an estimated 50,000 bumble bees dropped dead under the trees at a Wilsonville retailer. The bees represented a loss of over 300 bee colonies. A similar incident occurred a few days later when residents found hundred of dead bees in downtown Hillsboro. When it came to pest management, Oregon businesses made a lethal mistake that’s costly to the environment.

Oregon pest control experts share that the culprits of the bee-related deaths were insecticides containing imidacloprid and dinotefuran. To help provide safer pest control, Oregon Department of Agriculture officials temporarily restricted the use of pesticides on linden trees, basswood and others in the Tilia genus if they contained the two ingredients in question.

According to a November 2013 article in the Oregonian, this the second time in the past decade that the Department of Agriculture restricted the use of pesticides. Consequently, those who are licensed to apply pesticides must undergo additional education and testing.

The article states that “properly used (pesticides) pose no harm to the environment.” However, Oregon pest control specialists remind you that toxic chemicals pose the risk of harming beneficial and harmful insects alike. In addition to killing thousands of bees, the insecticides also killed ladybugs. Ladybugs are beneficial insects that serve as a great natural pest control tool because they eat garden pests.

The studies that state agriculture officials are conducting regarding the bee deaths will conclude in mid-December. Hopefully their findings will yield solutions that will better protect the already vulnerable bee population.

If you have a pest problem in or around your property, seek the natural solutions offered by pest control companies. Unlike exterminators, the technicians use targeted methods that are safe to humans, animals and the environment to prevent and control infestations. To learn more, contact Eden Pest today.

[ Photo by: Treesha Duncan, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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