About 20 citrus trees across three Carpinteria properties were treated with pesticide on 3/7 by the state Department of Food and Agriculture after the discovery of two Asian citrus psyllids, which can transmit a bacterial disease. The soil-drenching treatment has concerned the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association. Its vice president, Todd Bebb claimed that the pesticide — banned in Europe — will move up into the trees’ pollen and nectar and last for several years. Spraying is also planned on trees in Summerland, and the pest is being monitored in Goleta.
Beekeepers Cry Foul over Pesticide Spray
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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