Oregon restricts the use of Pesticides in the wake of large scale bumblebee death.

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The of Agriculture released a press statement on the 27th of June 2013 announcing that it was restricting the use of 18 containing the dinotefuran for 180 days.

The temporary ban is as a result of the large scale death of in Wilsonville and Hillsboro this month which the department is investigating. By adopting a temporary rule, is taking action, in an , to avoid the potential of similar large bee kills this summer due to specific .

A Wilsonville, Oregon, Target parking lot has seen what could be the biggest-recorded mass bumblebee die-off in the Western US. The 25,000 deaths were first noticed on Saturday, as bees tumbled from 55 in bloom, the Oregonian reports. “They were literally falling out of the trees,” a tells the ; he calculated that some 150 colonies likely met their end. Adds an agriculture official: “I’ve never encountered anything quite like it in 30 years in the business.”

“I have directed the agency to take this step in an effort to minimize any potential for additional incidents involving bee deaths connected to with this until such time as our investigation is completed and we have more information,” says Director Katy Coba. “Conclusions from the investigation will help us and our partners evaluate whether additional steps need to be considered.”

The pesticide restriction is focused on ornamental, turf and agricultural that are used by both professional applicators and homeowners and which may impact pollinators. Products with the dinotefuran registered in Oregon for other uses, such as flea and tick control on pets or home ant and , are not affected by the restriction.

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Audio of Director Coba’s statement

PDF version of news release
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