Oregon bans some insecticides following bee deaths
by Cassady Craighill
July 3, 2013
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Were not trying to get it off the shelves, or trying to tell people to dispose of it, were just telling people not to use it, said Bruce Pokarney, a spokesperson for the department of agriculture. While Pokarney acknowledged it would be difficult to cite individual homeowners, he said licensed pesticide applicators would be violating Oregon regulations if they use dinotefuran-based insecticides on plants in the next 180 days. The temporary ban only affects pesticide use that might harm pollinators, like bumblebees. Safari is one of the insecticides restricted by the Agriculture Department. Most of the restricted insecticides are used primarily for ornamental, not agricultural, pest control. Dinotefuran use in flea collars, and ant and roach control will still be allowed.The Xerces Society, a nonprofit insect conservation group thats helping to investigate the pollinator die-offs, thinks the temporary ban is a good idea. But Executive Director Scott Black said it would be an even better idea if sales of the pesticides were suspended, lest consumers unwittinglyuse them in violation of the law. At a minimum, all products on the shelf should have clear signage about the restriction on their use, he told Grist. Guess who thinks the ban is not such a good idea? We do not believe the scope of these measures is necessary with the information available,Safari manufacturer Valent said in a statement, and we will work to get the restrictions lifted as soon as possible.