Emails via HoneyLover Susan Rudnicki
This is the helpful information beeks should read if they have a pesticide kill. Even if they do not elect to do the testing (I have decided to go ahead and do it—-$576) the important thing to do is filing the report with the EPA and the State Dept. of Pesticide Regulation, which costs NOTHING. The Pollinator Stewardship Council folks, Michele Colopy in particular helped me, will help anyone. We NEED this data amassed to impress upon the bureaucrats that our bees suffer these insults.
From: Susan Kegley
To: Susan Rudnicki
I’m so sorry to hear about your bees! My apologies for taking so long to get back to you, but I’ve been out of town and am just catching up.
My company, Pesticide Research Institute, can help you with getting a sample analyzed and interpreting the data. See our sampling pages for more information:
If you decide to do the analysis, I would recommend analyzing pollen, not bees. Pesticides degrade quickly in bees, but not so much in pollen.
I’m attaching our Cost Estimator spreadsheet for your convenience. It is unfortunately quite expensive to have the lab work done, but it can provide a wealth of information about the types of chemicals your bees were exposed to. It is most useful if you can also analyze a sample of pollen from a thriving hive (one not experiencing a kill) in the same vicinity, for comparison purposes.