New Rules to Protect Bees

5-29 bee interviewEUGENE, Ore. —┬áMore chemicals have been banned after illegal pesticides were blamed for the deaths of nearly 1,000 bees in west Eugene.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced it is banning two more active ingredients, imidacloprid and dinotefuran, from being used on linden trees and similar trees for the next six months. This rule apply to homeowners and professionals.

Bee advocates say while this is another victory for the insects, they hope these products are banned permanently.

“We need to take responsibility for what we are buying and to be able to look at these products,” said Jen Hornaday with Healthy Bees= Healthy Gardens.

“The companies need to take responsibility and put labels on them… to be able to say not bee safe right there.”

If you need to get rid of the banned pesticides, you can do so at the Lane County waste disposal site.

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