Bees are now facing another chemical threat in the form of pesticides being sprayed to kill mosquitoes in the name of Zika-virus prevention.
In Summerville, South Carolina, millions of bees were killed when a small area of the town was aerially sprayed for mosquitoes.
The pesticide sprayed was Naled, a neurotoxin that’s used to target adult mosquitoes. However, it is also toxic to other insects, birds and fish.
The bee losses are that much more tragic because, as of this writing, no cases of locally acquired Zika infection have been reported in South Carolina.
While officials in the area have previously sprayed for mosquitoes from the road, this is the 1st time aerial spraying has been used. Officials apparently did not consider how the spraying would affect other species, however, including bees, and did not follow standard procedure of notifying registered beekeepers about the spraying.
The long-term effects that excessive pesticide usage may have on bees and other pollinators is unknown, particularly since we are still learning about the intricate connections pollinators have with their environment. New research published in the journal Microbial Ecology highlighted the fact that wild bees, like humans and commercially bred bees, have a community of microorganisms, including bacteria, known as a microbiome.
The study found that many flowers and wild bee species share certain types of bacteria, which suggests bees obtain not only food but also bacteria from the flowers.
One type of bacteria, Lactobacillus, was found on all the flower and bee samples.
The researchers suggested it might help preserve nectar and pollen that the wild bees store in their nest to feed larvae.
Even flowers that had not yet been visited by bees contained bacteria, the study found, continuing: “The presence of bee-associated bacteria in flowers that have not been visited by bees suggests that these bacteria may also be transmitted to flowers via plant surfaces, the air, or minute insect vectors such as thrips.”
To avoid harming bees and other helpful pollinators that visit your garden, swap out toxic pesticide and lawn chemicals for organic weed and pest control alternatives. Even some Organic formulations can be harmful to beneficial insects, so be sure to vet your products carefully.
Both flower and vegetable gardens provide good honeybee habitats. It is also recommended to keep a small basin of fresh water in your garden or backyard, as bees get thirsty.
Grow your own pollinator-friendly plants from Organic, untreated seeds.
If you opt to purchase starter plants, make sure to ask whether or not they’ve been pre-treated with pesticides. Keep in mind that you also help protect the welfare of all pollinators every time you shop Organic and grass-fed, as you are actually “voting” for less pesticides and herbicides with every Organic and pastured food and consumer product you buy.
The video above, from the Pesticide Research Institute (PRI), gives examples of 12 pollinator-friendly plants that are good sources of nectar and pollen to add to your garden.
It is extremely important that steps are taken to protect bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Charles Murray, CEO of Penta5 USA based in Sarasota, FL, said today, “Always available is our All-Natural ANYTIME no-bite Lotion and I guess for public awareness that something is being done, the authorities have decided to use a chemical solution for the environment, hopefully on a short term basis. People don’t like chemicals and for sure bees and other insect life will be wiped out in that area.”
“Suggesting that all visitors and anyone threatened by mosquitoes use ANYTIME no-bite Lotion, packed in an easy to carry anywhere VialPaQ™ developed in Florida would appear to be a “no brainer”. Arrive off the plane or cruise liner get a VialPaQ for the number of days in Florida. Check into a hotel get a VialPaQ for each day. Have these available at schools in the risk areas. Have them at all woman’s clinics and social security offices etc. This is taking a lead, a strong home grown solution based on results from Florida’s university to fall back on and now the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine agrees with their no-bite results. All technical reports show the All-Natural ANYTIME no-bite solution is as good as the harmful chemical products used as a repellent by folks. Chemicals are not recommended for children and pets. So a risk area for our young ones.
The various leaders; Governor, Health, Agriculture and Tourism Departmental heads in Florida are not being heard in DC, where they appear to be dithering around with the Zika problem. I do feel the leadership team will miss the opportunity to allay tourist fears if they don’t do something soon.”
Mr. Murray says, “The absolute solution lies in stopping her (the Aedes aegypti Mosquitoe) need for a blood meal and Florida has an opportunity with the locally developed All-Natural outdoor Zone MosquitoPaQ pouches.”
This patented product exposes the female mosquitoes to a safe invisible carbon dioxide gas with a con-founder inside that halts all desires for a blood meal. The pouch is actually the product.
Let us hope the officials in charge of Miami counties manage this Zika crisis intelligently and to the benefit of all.
The Big Q: From an overseas tourism point of view why would you visit an area being sprayed with a product banned overseas?
Mr. Murray recommends for pregnant woman, schools, hotels, airport and cruise lines that each individual be given a VialPaQ daily to ensure no-bites.
Penta5’s natural solutions are safe, and do no harm to the body or anyone else.
For more information go to: http://penta5usa.com/
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