bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Katrina and bees

A reader asked me if I knew if bees have been affected in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the southern states of the USA. I went looking and found a few things:

Bees are supposed to be more tetchy after storms.

A swarm of Africanized bees is supposed to have been blown into Florida by Katrina and has since taken the lives of two dogs.

But more definitively, spraying will be undertaken in many flooded areas because of fears of West Nile fever and other insect-borne diseases:

An Air Force reserve C-130 aircraft will spray naled, an insecticide also known as Dibrom, across the city to kill all mosquitoes, flies and bees. Spraying will continue for at least six weeks, starting on the east bank of Orleans Parish and moving to other surrounding parishes.


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