SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Beekeepers on the North Shore say the battle against mosquito-borne illnesses is having the unintended side effect of destroying their hives.
They say insecticide sprayed to combat West Nile virus also kills honeybees, even if not sprayed directly on the hives.
Beverly beekeeper Anita Deeley estimates that between 100,000 and 150,000 of her bees died last year even though she covered them the night the city sprayed.
This year, she’s moving her hives out of harm’s way.
Salem beekeeper Richard Girard tells The Salem News spraying is unnecessary because the chance of humans contracting West Nile is remote.
The Essex County Beekeepers Association has more than 300 members.
Jack Card, director of region’s mosquito control program, says he follows proper standards and people can opt out of having their properties sprayed.
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com