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State Confirms Pesticide Killed Thousands Of Bees In Wilsonville

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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