Honey bees in Southern Illinois. Photo by: Matthew McGuire
Honey bees in Southern Illinois. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

Farmers Look to Protect Bees within Poisonous Conditions

The recent developments with the Zika Virus has put North and South Carolina in a tough spot. These two states connect with Florida, and have been releasing a chemical called Naled to combat mosquitos in their area.

Even though there has not been a reported case of the Zika virus being locally-transmitted, The Washington Post notes that South Carolina does have over a dozen cases report for travel-related Zika.

The main problem with Naled is that is it a danger to humans, animals, insects and all living material. Over the past 48 hours, millions of honey bees have died from Naled being released in South Carolina.

Flowertown Bee Farm and Supplies lost over 2.5 million bees, and 46 hives. A single blow like that is a serious threat to the bee farming community.

That is a real concern for bee farmers, as well as humans breathing in air that has been sprayed with poisonous gas.

If this process continues, we need ensure the health and safety for those living in the southeast during the spraying times, and time afterwards. Farmers and communities will need to work together to help protect themselves overall.

It is a double-sided issue overall. They are using Naled to kill mosquitos in hopes that it will prevent some cases of Zika. The side effects are currently outweighing the benefits.

Mosquitos typically live in temperatures above 50 degrees and in elevation under 6,500 feet. This does leave the southeast open to vulnerability with warmer temperatures year round.

Browse over multimedia from The Washington Post covering more on the Zika virus.