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State Confirms Pesticide Killed Thousands Of Bees In Wilsonville

Ecotrope | June 21, 2013 12:36 p.m.

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The Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed today that an application of the insecticide Safari is directly responsible for thousands of dead bumblebees in a Wilsonville Target parking lot.

The agency has sent a crew to shroud 55 European linden trees with shade cloth to prevent more bees from dying.

The linden trees were sprayed with Safari on Saturday by a landscaping company. The name of the company has not been released. ODA collected samples of the bees and foliage from the Target parking lot and tested them in a lab to determine whether the pesticide had caused the bee deaths.

The agency is continuing its investigation to determine whether the pesticide application violated state and federal regulations.

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