Slovenian bee colonies are in great danger, for they are again being killed in mass quantities due to extensive use of Phytopharmaceuticals in agriculture. There was a huge colony collapse in Slovenia already in 2011 due to insecticide called Clothianidin which belongs to the group of neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are insecticides that are chemically similar to nicotine, which has been used as a pesticide since the late 1700s and acts on central nervous system of an animal which results in its death.
Despite a relatively stable number of bee colonies in Slovenia there is a loss of almost one third of all the bees that occurs every two years. In April this year when bee season is not even at its beginning, the beekeepers were already again facing huge losses of bee colonies. The veterinarian inspection service is actively investigating the situation in close collaboration with police, since there is a high suspicion that the local farmers might be using illegal pesticides to spray their crops.
The terrifying fact about Slovenian bee colony collapse is that the use of Phytopharmaceuticals that are suspected to be the cause of deaths is at this time of year prohibited for use and therefore the question remains if killing of the bees is in any way intentional?
At the Beekeeping Association of Slovenia they are convinced that this is as they say, a systematic problem and they blame not the farmers that use those Phytopharmaceuticals, but the companies that produce them. They say farmers don’t always know what exactly is in the products they buy. The fact is also that the concentration of the active ingredients in the Phytopharmaceuticals is the highest in spring and that could result in high risk for bees survival.
The latest spotting of colony poisoning occurred on 21st of April in the area of Renkovci and Moravske Toplice. Pomurje is a Slovenian region with huge areas of agricultural land where they grow rapeseed and with highest rate of bee deaths.The reports of bee colony collapse are coming from all over Slovenia.