Oregon Bee Kill Update

argylesock says… Such bitter irony. Trees sprayed with a bee-killing insecticide have been draped in black netting to keep insects out. Here are calls for better labelling of the insecticide. I say, how about banning this insecticide?

Living With Insects Blog

Oregon Public Broadcasting has information and pictures of the Oregon Bee Kill site. Last Friday, the Linden trees were draped with Black Netting to exclude bees from the insecticide-contaminated Linden flowers. We also learn from OPB of a group planning memorial services on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Public demonstrations of concern send an important message to our government regulators, pest management companies and businesses who use pest management services. In general, people want to solve a problem but they don’t want to receive a public “black eye” in the process. Public expression of concern encourages review of practices and improvements.

It is important that the EPA review the label instructions and the approved uses. At the very least, the label must be rewritten to indicate that spraying trees while in bloom is unacceptable. Individuals who find large numbers of dead bees can file a report to EPA. EPA monitors reports…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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