Millions of bees killed due to South Carolinas’ spraying for Zika-carrying mosquito
It doesn’t matter whether you believe in its existence, whether you believe it is less serious than the government claims, or whether you doubt that it actually causes infants to be born with microcephaly.
None of it matters.
What matters now is what the authorities are doing about it.
In a classic case of the cure being worse than the illness, it’s the “solution” to Zika that has the potential to devastate the American food supply.
Content with saying this deadly poison quickly dissipates and therefore should not cause problems in humans the powers that be in Dorchester County, South Carolina decided to spray this stuff in the morning, rather than at night. During the night most people and most bees are less active and less likely to be out of doors (or hives) and are therefore less likely to come into contact with this deadly poison.
Due to this horrible decision, in the space of just a few minutes, 2.5 million bees died in just one apiary.
The pattern of their death and the way they clumped around the entrances of the hives signalled one thing and one thing only to the experienced beekeepers who owned them – acute pesticide poisoning.
Shortly before, a plane spraying Naled had flown over, spraying the chemical to kill mosquitoes that *may* be carrying the Zika virus.
Naled kills mosquitoes on contact. It has been in use in the United states since 1959, and according to the EPA it dissipates fast, causing no problems to humans (debatable, see here) …but that’s clearly not the case with bees.
You can see the full Cornell University Toxicity Network database entry for Naled here. It states quite clearly that Naled is highly toxic to bees and this could have massive implications for the food supply.