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Beekeepers concerned pesticide may cause local collapse of colonies

September 12th, 2013 - 5:26am

(Port Angeles) -- Bee experts are concerned about failing bee colonies locally.

The North Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers says there are six commercial and about 40 sideline beekeeping operations running in Clallam County.

But there's concern those operations could be threatened by "colony collapse disorder". In 2012 the rates of "CCD" decreased to an average loss of 22% in the winter season. But this winter remains to be seen.

Some studies point to pesticides that contain neonicotonoids as the potential cause behind CCD.

Dan Harvey operates the Olympic Wilderness Apiary in Joyce. He's urging local gardeners to make sure they know what's in their pesticides and know the proper times to use them.

Some neonicotinoids may be highly toxic to bees for up to several days after an application, lengthening the potential exposure to bees flying through the neighborhood.

The state Department of Agriculture has issued a pamphlet titled, "10 Ways To Protect Bees from Pesticides" through its website.

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