Please Don’t Poison my Honeybees…

Interested in the plight of bees and the role they play in our food supply? This is a good blog, and this post is an example of how easily we can overlook all the ramifications of an action intended to solve one problem and thus causing more problems.

Adventures in Natural Beekeeping

…reads the headline of my letter to the editor last week.

The Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

has a mosquito problem.  During summer high tides, water fills holes that don’t drain back out.  Pools provide habitat for the salt marsh mosquito, Aedes dorsalis.  People that live near the marsh complain that they can’t go outside without mosquitos biting them.  “It’s hard to get to the car from the back door without several mosquito bites.”  I can’t mow my yard without several layers of clothing.”  “I love to garden, but I feel like I’m under house arrest, because the mosquitos are so vicious.”  The motels have had cancellations, the real estate people can’t show houses, and the golfers are getting eaten alive.

Pressure to DO SOMETHING NOW drove the decision to aerial spray not just the 300 acres of the Marsh, but another 10,000 to 12,000 acres of outlying area.   That’s…

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2 responses to “Please Don’t Poison my Honeybees…

  1. Thanks for the reblog, Shelley. The mosquito problem is finally diminishing with the arrival of cooler weather. One can only hope that by next spring the US Fish and Wildlife will have a handle on it, so they don’t have to apply any more pesticides or larva-cides.

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