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Vector Control

April 3, 2023

Why are beekeepers talking about vector control? What is vector control? When the weather begins to warm, mosquitos will be increasing their populations, too. More than just an itchy nuisance, they are vectors for equine encephalitis, Zika virus, heartworm and West Nile Virus, to name a few. It is an important public health concern to control mosquitoes. But, of course, there is a downside. What kills a mosquito and keeps you safe, may also kill your bees. Insecticide applicators must follow many protocols to use their chemicals safely, among them avoiding honeybee colonies or spraying at night to keep honeybees safe.

It is VERY important that if you have bee colonies you let your vector control district know. You can link to the Vector Control Districts here. Even if you have just one colony, please let Vector Control know. You don't want to accidentally lose your bees because someone didn't know not to spray.

No Spray Request for Klamath Vector Control