What to do if you suspect a pesticide kill:
If you think your bees have been killed by the possible misuse of a pesticide, you need to report it immediately. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has removed the page on filing a bee claim from their website. They would like you to file a verbal report with an employee. The CSBA respectfully disagrees with this advice. We do not want to get into a case of “he said, she said”.
It is still very important to report so here are some other options: Please, whether you have 2 hives or 2000, REPORT IT We cannot claim there is an issue if we fail to provide any data to support it. Here are two options:
EPA asks that you file a report with the National Pesticide Information Center
Next, document your losses.
Take photos and video. Be sure to turn on the time/date stamp on your camera.
Take samples and follow these instructions for sending them out for FREE testing.
Contact your regional association, if you are a member of one. If not, contact me at email@example.com so I can stay in the loop.
Keep a diary of all contacts made and be sure to note with whom you spoke and what day you did it. We have had issues with a lack of timeliness in the past that we want to make sure do not occur in the future.
Hopefully, you will not need to request an investigation this summer or any summer–but now you know how to do it.