When Does Mosquito Spraying Do More Harm Than Good? Just Ask The Dead Bees in Dallas

Michael Pollard

Some residents near White Rock Lake woke up to a tragedy – massive numbers of dead bees all over neighborhoods that were subject to ground spraying by the City of Dallas last night. Sure, I hate mosquitoes just as much as anyone else, and with a toddler, I’m really scared of West Nile Virus, but should we be using pesticides to fix this problem, or education and enforcement.

That’s the stance that the Brandon and Susan Pollard of the Texas Honeybee Guild are taking. Through its Facebook page, the guild shared a video of bees dying from broad-spectrum pesticides sprayed overnight by City of Dallas trucks. Photos are coming in from Lake Highlands and Lakewood of dead honeybees twitching and writhing on porches and lawns. And according to Jim Schutze, as far as preventing deaths from West Nile Virus, the spraying doesn’t do a darn thing.

The guild, which was featured in the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate, is a champion of local agriculture and sells its raw and unfiltered “Zip Code Honey” at nearby farmers markets. What will the guild do if the city’s unfettered spraying kills all the bees? What about local agriculture?

Still, the city will continue to spray despite the deaths of pollinators and many other beneficial insects. Kind of makes you wonder if it’s even worth it to have an organic garden if the city is just spraying pesticides all over the place willy-nilly. If you’re wondering where the city will be spraying next, check out the schedules and maps on the City Hall website.

Tonight the city will be spraying in the Lake Highlands/Audelia area, the Scottsbluff area, and areas surrounding Lake June Road, so be sure to bring your pets inside. And just to be safe, stay inside this evening, too. OK?

Do you think that pesticide spraying will put people off from buying homes in Dallas?

 

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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