June 07, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Washington Agriculture Department Director Bud Hover told Thurston County commissioners in a letter Thursday there’s no evidence of significant harm to honeybee colony health in Washington from the bug killers known as neonicotinoid pesticides. The Associated Press
YAKIMA — The state Agriculture Department declined a request to restrict a class of backyard pesticides suspected of killing honeybees.
There’s no documented evidence the use of neonicotinoid pesticides is a significant contributor to the decline of bee colonies in Washington, department Director Bud Hover told Thurston County commissioners Thursday in a letter. The commission had requested restrictions on behalf of beekeepers.
“The proposed use restrictions are not appropriate at this time,” Hover wrote.
The pesticides commonly called neonics are used to kill aphids and other insects on ornamental plants. They also are used on some crops, The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Friday.