Dying Bees in Oregon

dying beesA bee kill-off is making headline news around the country. Fifty thousand bumblebees were killed in Oregon thanks to a landscaping company’s use of an insecticide. On June 22, The  bees were falling dead all around the Wilsonville, Oregon area.

“They were literally falling out of the trees. To our knowledge this is one of the largest documented bumblebee deaths in the Western U.S. It was heartbreaking to watch,” said Rich Hatfield, a conservation biologist. For animal-lovers and environmentalists, this really is heartbreaking. Sadly, the bees died due to a preventive measure taken to stop something else.

The bee kill-off responsible for 50,000 bumblebees killed was due to an insecticide used on various surfaces in a Target parking lot. The landscaping company used a potent “dinotefuran” in the area to get rid of “honeydew” produced by aphids. Come to find out, honeydew can be controlled by simply spraying some soapy water on them.

Instead, the company hired to take care of the “problem” (which really wasn’t a problem — no customers even complained according to The Epoch Times) took out a ton of bumblebees and likely other insects that weren’t hurting anyone.

The bumblebees killed in the bee kill-off prompted the trees in the area to be covered with netting in hopes of sparing lives of other bees.


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