If you look closely below you will see RM Mundle has had devastating bee deaths on more than one occasion, in fact in 2001 it was the potato farmers, now in 2013 its the lawn care companies. Shouldn't these devastating events happen to bees every year???? Or every 12 years as is this case.
Maureen Kerr is feeding misinformation to her feel good group of friends again.
We need to hold people like Maureen Kerr and Sharon Labchuk Accountable for their fearmongering tactics.
Guardian (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) Tuesday, May 1, 2001 Let honey bees, insects do what they do best Editor: The soil and its products are an economic lifeline in P.E.I. The potato wart crisis may not have been preventable but other problems can be prevented before there is an economic impact if we are alert and responsive. I am a beekeeper whose beehives have been devastated in the past year. Over 80 per cent are dead. For many years, my losses were only five to 10 per cent. Other beekeepers have a similar experience. Imidacloprid is an insecticide sown in the soil or sprayed on potato crops or both. It is very effective for killing Colorado potato beetles. Unfortunately, other beneficial insects who accidentally ingest it also die. Many insecticides/fungicides are rapidly biodegraded and do not linger in the soil. Those that do, such as Imidacloprid, leave residues that go up the food chain into subsequent field crops grown in a rotation or into plants in field edges or in ditches subject to runoff. The levels of these are accumulating with subsequent crop years. Blueberries are potentially a big business in P.E.I. similar to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine. Our government has invested heavily in blueberries. Insects are required to increase crop yields through better pollination up to two to three-fold. Honey bees and wild insects do the job if given the chance and are a form of crop insurance for the growers. In the past, environmentalists have gotten a bad rap for scare tactics and the like. We are what we eat — so are the bees. R.M. Mundle, Charlottetown
Bees pay price for lawn spraying
I have kept honey bees for the past 35 years or so. Recently l have had a devastating mortality of my bees coinciding with the annual “lawn care” spraying of herbicides and pesticides in my neighbourhood.
The bee hives were basically surrounded by upwards of at least 25 or 30 neighbourhood sites where chemicals were sprayed on lawns, at which time flowering shrubs and plants were at their zenith.
Bees forage in a two or three-mile radius for food, and foraging bees, along with their wild counterparts, paid the price for visiting flowers that carried drifted chemicals.
It’s time to stop this licensing habit used only for appearances sake on a lawn. No doubt drift can occur onto edible products as well and be unhealthy for humans, pets at all.