Bumblebee deaths prompt Oregon to restrict pesticide

06/28/2013 09:15:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

bumblebeeCourtesy Agricultural Research ServiceIn light of recent bumblebee deaths, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has temporarily restricted the use of 18 pesticides that contain the active ingredient dinotefuran.

“Conclusions from the investigation will help us and our partners evaluate whether additional steps need to be considered,” department director Katy Coba said in a news release.

The restrictions include products used in ornamental, turf and agriculture as well as homeowners.

In the ag market, dinotefuran is marketed as Venom and Safari by Valent U.S.A., Walnut Creek, Calif., and Scorpion by Gowan Co., Yuma, Ariz.

The bumblebee deaths occurred in Wilsonville and Hillsboro counties.

The restrictions, effective immediately, will remain in place for at least 180 days.

That will allow the department time to complete its investigations into whether the pesticide applications violated state or federal pesticide rules.

For a complete list of products involved, click here.

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Buzz Sierke    
Mobile, AL  |  July, 03, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Thank you Oregon Dept. of Agriculture for taking the initiative to wisely pull this group of pesticides. The negative impact of much of our mainstream ag practices could be eliminated if we only paid closer attention to protecting our natural pollinators and resources....rather than the almighty 'bottom-line'.

July, 03, 2013 at 06:23 PM

You must be a left winger.

NOYB  |  July, 03, 2013 at 06:22 PM

It is coming to the point where the government is taking away ALL our pesticides that can help control nasty pest invasions. It would appear that your goal is to perpetuate your jobs.

Montana  |  July, 03, 2013 at 09:47 PM

The Government has done NOTHING to help us fight to be rid of all poisons that kill beneficial insects AND the Human Race. Get out from under that Rock and investigate.

January, 02, 2014 at 03:35 PM

And you must be an ignorant right winger.

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