South Carolina beekeeper stunned by West Nile spray, loses thousands of bees

South Carolina beekeeper stunned by West Nile spray, loses thousands of bees

A Pickens County beekeeper is trying to figure out how to bounce back from a stinging blow. Denise Blecke said a recent string of sprayings to ward of West Nile virus killed thousands of her honeybees. She said her neighbors were affected as well.

DHEC requires counties to warn beekeepers before every mosquito spraying. Anderson and Pickens counties warned beekeepers before they sprayed back in October. There were nearly five cases of West Nile virus reported in animals in the area. However, Blecke said she did not get the message, and she lives in Cleveland near the state line, several miles away from the reported spray sites.

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