PORTLAND – The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it will be restricting the use of 18 pesticide products containing dinotefuran.
The announcement comes after an estimated 50,000 bumblebees died from the pesticide sprayed on trees in a Wilsonville parking lot earlier this month.
The ODA adopted the temporary rule, which goes into effect immediately, to ensure similar large numbers of bees do not die this summer from pesticides.
The restriction focuses on pesticides used by both professionals and homeowners. However, products such as flea and tick control on pets, and home ant and roach control that contain dinotefuran, are not affected by the restriction.
For more information on the ODA’s pesticide program, including a list of specific products affected visit its website here.