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Is the spray used to treat for mosquitoes in Wilmington harmful to bees?

Shelby Sebens
StarNews
Honey bees

Honey bees surround the hive's queen. (StarNews file photo)

New Hanover County uses a spray to control adult mosquitoes that can be harmful to bees. But, spraying is usually done in the early morning or evening when bees are dormant and inside their hives, the county’s Senior Environmental Health Program Specialist Dave Jenkins said.

Vector control also has a beekeeper list so that truck operators can provide a buffer around the areas when spraying.

“We understand how important bees are to the ecosystem and want to ensure we are doing what we can to prevent from harming them,” Jenkins said.

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One Response to “ Is the spray used to treat for mosquitoes in Wilmington harmful to bees?”

  1. On October 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm dan wrote:

    don’t believe the hype about pesticides, natural methods should be thought of….