WILSONVILLE, Ore. (KOIN) — Netting that went up to protect bumble bees from collecting potentially poisoned pollen from trees in a Wilsonville Target store parking lot has come down.
Roughly 50,000 bees were killed in Wilsonville and Hillsboro in June, after they were exposed to a pesticide. The pesticide dinotefuran — also known as Safari — was sprayed on at least 55 nearby trees in full bloom. That pesticide can be passed on to the bees when the trees are in bloom.
Oregon’s Department of Agriculture has restricted the use of 18 pesticide products while it investigates the bumble bee kill-off.
The Wilsonville bee deaths represented the largest mass “bee kill” on record.
Related KOIN.com coverage:
- Oregon bans dinotefuran after bee deaths
- Dead bees have Oregon Dept of Ag’s attention
- Memorial held for dead Ore. bees
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