EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating why hundreds of bees are dying in a west Eugene neighborhood.
Bee advocates say something needs to be done soon to prevent more insect deaths.
Glass Tree Care and Spray Service says it performed tree maintenance on Jacobs Lane.
In a statement, the company says it’s cooperating with the state’s investigation.
ODA is doing some tests to find out if the company used a pesticide on linden trees that were banned last year.
The pesticide is believed to be lethal for bees and other insects like ladybugs.
Bee advocates estimate hundreds of Oregon-native honey bees are lying dead on the sidewalks, and that action needs to be taken because bees are still coming to the trees to pollinate and then dropping dead.
“I wouldn’t want to advocate cutting down trees, but in this case something has to be done immediately because we are impacting our local beekeepers pollination of bees. We could be transferring this poison back to our hives,” said Doug Hornaday of Healthy Bees=Health Gardens.
The tree company says it’s not only cooperating with the investigation, but it holds itself to the highest business standards and is taking this matter very seriously.
Last year, pesticides were blamed for tens of thousands of bees found dead in a shopping center in Wilsonville. Two companies that sprayed the pesticides were fined.