Last week, millions of honeybees in South Carolina were killed after being sprayed with an insecticide used to kill mosquitoes that are known to carry Zika. The spray was released from a plane and was applied to 16 million acres within the continental U.S.
Juanita Stanley, co-owner of a Bee Farm out of Summerville, South Carolina, was devastated to find piles of dead bees that morning. All 46 of her hives were killed.
Other beekeepers in the area are just as upset and are calling for an explanation as to why they were not informed sooner. Some say they were only given 10 hours notice while others say they were never informed.
According to Dorchester County officials, they posted a notice on the county’s website Friday, August 26th. They also claim many residents were notified personally over the phone.
This was the first aerial spray in over 14 years. Residents and beekeepers are asking for more notice in the future so this doesn’t happen again.