EPA Temporarily Clears Pesticide For Use In Georgia Beehives
22 12 2000 - - - Georgia Department of Agriculture
Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced today that beekeepers in Georgia have been temporarily cleared to use the pesticide Coumaphos impregnated in plastic strips in their hives to control Varroa mite and small hive beetle. The strips are sold under the brand name CheckMite+ Bee Hive Pest Control Strip
The temporary clearance comes as a result of Commissioner Irvin's appeal to the United States Environmental Protection Agency for an emergency exemption for Georgia's beekeepers
Varroa mites and small hive beetles are causing our honeybee population to dwindle,'' said Commissioner Irvin. ``These pests have had a serious detrimental effect on commercial beekeeping in Georgia and the pollination services it provides the state's fruit and vegetable growers. Honeybees play an important role in pollinating many fruits and vegetables and are responsible for pollinating plants that account for approximately one-third of the food we eat,'' said Irvin
For information and restrictions on using Coumaphos, beekeepers should contact Doug Jones (telephone: 404-656-4958) or Mike Evans (404-651-9486) at the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
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