S.C. county officials apologize for killing millions of bees with pesticide

South Carolina county spraying for mosquitoes accidentally wipes out several honey bee colonies, leaving beekeepers furious. WCBD's Sofia Arazoza reports.

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- Officials in Dorchester County, South Carolina are apologizing for accidentally killing millions of bees in Summerville.

The honeybees were killed by an aerial spray of a pesticide used to control mosquito populations over the weekend.  The spray came after rising concerns of the Zika virus.

Registered bee owners are supposed to be warned prior to mosquito spraying, but say they were not told this time.

"I was angry that day, I just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that we spray poison from the sky, said beekeeper Andrew Macke.

Macke wants this incident to be a teaching moment.

"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," said Macke.

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