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





Crop and Pollination Information




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


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







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


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


Used only for honey production
Used for commercial pollination services
Overwintering



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