Beekeeper Survey for Pesticide-Related Bee Kills

This survey was developed by beekeepers to gather information that will be used by the US EPA Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, Pollinator Protection Workgroup. The overarching goal is to determine whether specific crops pose greater or lesser hazards to bees. This will help the Committee provide recommendations to the EPA to better protect honey bees from pesticides.

Most of the questions focus on acute bee kills caused by high doses of pesticides, including insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. When deciding what constitutes an acute bee kill please consider only events in which your bees were exposed to high levels of pesticides, and died soon thereafter. One question at the end asks about hive dwindling and/or loss over time that might be related to pesticide exposure. You, as a beekeeper, have valuable experience working with your bees that will help provide on-the-ground information to improve pesticide regulation to protect pollinators. We are grateful for your participation in this survey.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Darren Cox
Cox Honeyland
coxhoney@gmail.com

or

Susan Kegley
Pesticide Research Institute
skegley@pesticideresearch.com

    General Questions

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    Crop and Pollination Information

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    Alfalfa (hay)
    Alfalfa (seed crop)
    Almond
    Apples and Pears
    Blueberries
    Cane Crops (Raspberries, Blackberries, etc)
    Canola (rape)
    Cherries
    Citrus
    Clover
    Corn
    Cotton
    Cranberries
    Cucumbers
    Melons (Not Including Pumpkins)
    Other Nuts
    Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, Apricot or Other Stone Fruit Crops
    Soybeans
    Speciality Crops Grown for Seed
    Summer Squash
    Sunfowers
    Walnuts
    Weeds on Cultivated Agricultural Land
    Weeds on Non-Agricultural Land (for example, roadside weeds)
    Winter Squash (Including Pumpkins)
    Urban landscape plants
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    Alfalfa (hay)
    Alfalfa (seed crop)
    Almond
    Apples and Pears
    Blueberries
    Cane Crops (Raspberries, Blackberries, etc)
    Canola (rape)
    Cherries
    Citrus
    Clover
    Corn
    Cotton
    Cranberries
    Cucumbers
    Melons (Not Including Pumpkins)
    Other Nuts
    Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, Apricot or Other Stone Fruit Crops
    Soybeans
    Speciality Crops Grown for Seed
    Summer Squash
    Sunfowers
    Walnuts
    Weeds on Cultivated Agricultural Land
    Weeds on Non-Agricultural Land (for example, roadside weeds)
    Winter Squash (Including Pumpkins)
    Urban landscape plants
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    Pesticide Exposure

    Dead and dying bees on the ground in front of hives
    Rapid substantial drops in hive population, including loss of the entire hive
    Dead bees with proboscis (tongue) extended
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    Pesticide application to a crop being commercially pollinated by your bees
    Pesticide application to a nearby blooming crop not being commercially pollinated by your bees
    Pesticide application to a crop not dependent on bee pollination (for example, corn)
    Pesticide application to non-agricultural locations such as golf courses, landscaped areas, and roadside weeds.
    Pesticide fogging for mosquito control
    Pesticide application to forested land
    Exposure to water contaminated with pesticides
    Exposure to contaminated dust from seeds treated with pesticides
    Pesticide application to range land for grasshopper control
    Other exposure to pesticides
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    Used only for honey production
    Used for commercial pollination services
    Overwintering
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    Other Comments

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