bees killed by insecticide in wilsonville

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon State Department of Agriculture is weighing in after at least 25,000 bumble bees died this week in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville.

The state department of agriculture reports the bees died from insecticide sprayed on the trees.

Bee experts say it appears the landscape company didn’t follow the instructions on the product — because it’s not supposed to be sprayed while the trees are in bloom.

Crews will be out tomorrow to wrap the trees in netting to try to keep more bees from dying. (20)

6.20.13 Per Mace Vaughan 503.753.6000: the city of Wilsonville is really jumped on board. They are going to be wrapping 55 trees with netting. The rolls will be dropped off at 7am. He says he’ll be there between 8/830am, ODA will be there mid morning. This will be an all project regardless.

City of Wilsonville is kicking in money, Xerces is also kicking in money, and depending on how the investigation goes they hope the company who sprayed to help as well.

ODA is the lead agency when it comes to the investigation.

The Xerces Society contacted the Oregon Department of Agriculture, which responded by sending staff to collect samples of the bees and foliage from the trees. According to staff members at the agriculture department, they determined the trees were treated with an insecticide by Safari called dinotefuran.

“It seems a landscape company did not follow label directions as it is not supposed to be sprayed during bloom,” said Scott Hoffman Black, executive director at the Xerces Society. “We now assume this is the cause of the massive bee die-off. Lots of bees still dying — almost all bumblebees.”

Tomorrow (Friday) morning, staff from the City of Wilsonville, Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Xerces Society will be at the Target in Wilsonville to wrap trees in netting in the hope of keeping more bees from dying, said Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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