Bee netting removed from Wilsonville trees

An Oregon Department of Agriculture worker helps wrap European Linden trees sprayed with an insecticide that killed 25,000 bees in the parking lot of a Wilsonville Target store, June 21, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
FILE -- An Oregon Department of Agriculture worker helps wrap European Linden trees sprayed with an insecticide that killed 25,000 bees in the parking lot of a Wilsonville Target store, June 21, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

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:

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