Bee Kill-Off In A Parking Lot Due To Tree Pesticide

    June 22, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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A Target store in Wilsonville, Oregon was the site of a rare, deadly phenomenon on Friday.

According to the L.A. Times, around 25,000 bees were killed around the store and fell to the ground from trees, littering walkways and the parking lot, due to a pesticide that had been sprayed in the foliage. The trees surrounding the area were mostly lindens, which attract bees with their sweet nectar.

“It was a mistake to put it on linden trees in bloom,” said Dan Hilburn, director of plant programs with the Oregon State Department of Agriculture.

Bumblebees weren’t the only casualties; ladybugs, flies, and honeybees were also found in the parking lot. Workers placed protective netting over the trees to keep more insects from dying, but the EPA is investigating to determine whether the fault lies with the pesticide company–for mislabeling the product–or with those responsible for spraying the trees. Thousands of dollars in fines may be accrued

The warning label on the pesticide–Safari–reads, “This product is highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment or residues on blooming crops or weeds. Do not apply this product or allow it to drift to blooming crops or weeds if bees are visiting the treatment area.”

An estimated 150 bumblebee hives were destroyed in the incident.

  • Moorow

    Scientists say that if bees were to die off completely, the human race would die off completely as well within about 5 years.

    • Eric

      People better wake up and start using natural methods for controlling insects or we will be extinct.

  • Doug

    If we use more natural sprays (which would be good) then people must expect and be willing to pay more for
    there pest control services. Yes we have a great need to protect our environment. The people that do the spraying must read and research labels of all chemicals they use…

  • Patruschka

    How best to contact corporate Target? Is the same spray used at other stores? Why, when soap will work?

  • http://none earl

    it Was Haarp