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Honeybee Deaths Most Likely Linked To Common Insecticides Not Global Warming

Recent Harvard studies have concluded that the cause of the recent decline in Honeybees is most likely attributed to commonly used insecticides. Much concern has been expressed in recent years about the apparent global decline in the number of honeybees, which are a critical component of our food supply. Some had feared that rising global temperatures attributed to global warming might have been to blame, but it seems that the cause might be much simpler than that. There appears to be a certain type of over the counter insecticide that is commonly used around homes that is the largest contributing factor.

Honeybee Deaths Most Likely Linked To Common Insecticides Not Global Warming

Neonicotinoids Linked To Declining Bee Populations

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Insecticides known as Neonicotinoids are commonly found in bug sprays that you can purchase at Home Depot, Lowes, and other retail chains. They are typically used to spray around the house to kill bugs that we do not want to enter our homes. These chemicals are also used in industrial scale applications too to rid areas of unwanted insects. The big problem is that these Neonicotinoids are indiscriminate killers, and they work really well.

Our beloved honeybees unfortunately come into contact with this deadly poison during their daily flights to gather sustenance for their hive, and they unwittingly bring it back home and poison the rest of the hive. Even the unhatched larva are affected by the deadly Neonicotinoids, giving the colony almost no chance for survival. This causes the entire bee colony to collapse, or even completely die off. Generally the use of these insecticides will cause about a 1/3 drop in the hive population annually, which has been experienced globally since about 2006.

These chemicals are not exactly new, as they have been in existence for about 30 years, but they did not see widespread use until the 1990’s when they were more commercially refined. Though the decline in the bee populations were not immediately noticeable in the 1990’s, it became later apparent after years of treatments caused a massive decline in population.

As this information has become more and more aware to the general public, there have been groups beginning to organize who wish to inform the public about their contribution to Colony Collapse Disorder. By informing the public, and by petitioning large retail chains to stop carrying the products containing the chemicals responsible for CCD, there are some who hope to reverse the damage already caused to honeybees.

Honeybee Deaths Most Likely Linked To Common Insecticides Not Global Warming.

About Steven Kenniff

Lives in Phoenix, AZ. Graduated from Arizona State University in 2005. Writes for American Live Wire, GM Roadster and Northstar Media
  • Fake Name

    Holy crap! U mean insecticides killed insects??? NO WAI!!!

  • Phil Blank

    They just recycled OLD NEWS!
    They said the same thing about a year and a half ago.
    They just don’t know yet.
    Another said disease at one time.

    Here is the real problem.
    Most media company people you almost never see, take vacation.
    Then they get these young, just out of college kids to look up old stories, publish them and get paid for recycling BS!
    I’m all for giving the kids a chance, but stop the recycled BS!

    Anyone also notice that around this time of year we get all these wild claims about new finds or inventions, then they never show up again?

    Its theses idiot college kids just trying to find work and make a bit of money, look important and make it look like they accomplish something, while pulling the woll over our eyes.

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