Millions of bees killed in SC

Instead, the dead heaps signaled the killer was less mysterious, but no less devastating.

Flowertown lost more than 2 million bees, Stanley says. It's "like visiting a cemetery", a woman says of Stanley's farm on , per the Washington Post. Clemson University's Department of Pesticide Regulation is investigating this weekend's spray, WSCS reports. But to the bee farmers, the reason is already clear.

"If we turn this into a teachable moment, how important bees are to the environment and how unhealthy it is to aerial spray a pesticide", Macke told WCBD-TV.

Naled has been registered for use in the USA since 1959 and is primarily used to control adult mosquitoes. That said, human exposure to Naled during spraying "should not occur". The county normally sprays from the road.

Dorchester County is apologizing for accidentally killing millions of bees in Summerville.

It marked a departure from Dorchester County's usual ground-based efforts.

The spray fell from the skies between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Dorchester County says it provided sufficient notice to local beekeepers, with announcements sent to the local media on Friday morning and Saturday night.

"I have to start all over growing more bees for the business to provide what I need to provide for customers", she said.

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Any actions that cause mass bee deaths are particularly concerning, given the fragility of bee populations in general - a effect of the mysterious colony collapse disorder.

The pesticide the county used is called Naled. What's more, while no additional aerial sprays are scheduled for the county now, authorities will provide at least three to five days of advance notice.

According to the Miami New Times, Naled was used to combat Florida's Zika outbreak earlier this summer, as well as in Puerto Rico.

But the insect neurotoxin can not discriminate between honey bees and bloodsuckers.

The manufacturer's label for Trumpet says the product is "highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment on blooming crops or weeds". She was unaware of the spraying until a fellow beekeeper, Andrew Macke, told her to check after he lost his two hives.

Dorchester County also opened a call center for people who want to report any bees affected by the spraying.

Stanley said she will have to start over but concedes the endeavor will be long and hard. As of August 26, SC had a total of 43 confirmed Zika cases. The dampness keeps the hive from overheating while keeping the bees contained. Neither Macke nor Stanley had covered their hives.