S.C. Mosquito Spraying Results in Honeybee Deaths

S.C. Mosquito Spraying Results in Honeybee Deaths

Officials in Dorchester County, S.C., are apologizing for accidentally killing millions of bees in Summerville, NBC News reports. The honeybees were killed by an aerial spray of a pesticide used to control mosquito populations, amid Zika virus concerns.

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September 2, 2016
Public Health Pests

SUMMERVILLE, S.C.  — Officials in Dorchester County, South Carolina are apologizing for accidentally killing millions of bees in Summerville, NBC News reports.

The honeybees were killed by an aerial spray of a pesticide used to control mosquito populations over the weekend. The spray came after rising concerns of the Zika virus.

The insecticide used for the spraying is called Naled. Dorchester County regularly sprays insecticides from trucks but this is the first time they conducted aerial spraying.

Registered bee owners are supposed to be warned prior to mosquito spraying, but say they were not told this time.

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Source: NBC News