You have probably heard by now that 25,000 bumble bees were killed last Saturday in a shopping center parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon. The parking lot is home to 55 European linden trees which were sprayed for aphids in spite of being loaded with bumble bees. The Oregon Department of Agriculture said, “tests on bees and foliage showed the deaths are directly related to a pesticide application on linden trees.”
The various articles I read say that, “an investigation is underway to see if the application of the pesticide Safari violated the law.”
So while state officials go about this so-called “investigation,” you can go online and find a copy of the label. It says, “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.”
So what is the problem? Did the responsible party decide that linden trees are not “blooming crops or weeds?” I have to admit the wording is poor. Still, it’s not rocket science to conclude that if Safari will kill bees on blooming crops or weeds, it might also kill them on flowering trees. Stupidity infuriates me.
By the way, the active ingredient of Safari is dinotefuran, which is—no surprise—a neonicotinoid. Will the insanity ever stop?