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Cypermethrin Spraying in Forestry

Abount Cypermethrin and its use in Irish Forestry

Please click here for more detail about Cypermethrin, its use in Irish forestry and its effects on bees.

The Irish Forestry Unit Trust have given short notice of likely spraying of forestry areas with the poisonous-to-bees chemical, Cypermethrin. They have provided the following maps of areas in counties Clare and Limerick.

These are the affected townlands:

Co. Clare townlands/forest names as shown on overview maps:

Note the hectarage is total area of planting - may not be all sprayed, only damaged or at risk areas are sprayed.

Co. Limerick townlands/forest names as shown on overview maps:

Further Information supplied to LBKA by Oisin Meagher of Irish Forestry Unit Trust

"The Irish Forestry Unit Trust last year received a derogation (in conjunction with Coillte Teo) for the use of the pesticide Cypermethrin for control of the large pine weevil in FSC certified forest plantations in Ireland (valid from 1st March 2016 to 1st March 2021). A condition of the derogation is to notify local authorities and other stakeholders when we will be carrying out direct (top-up) applications in our forests, on restocking sites where pine weevil populations are present in sufficient numbers to warrant control. We are hereby notifying you that we will be carrying out such top-up applications using fully qualified trained operators over the next few months as the need arises in sections of your county/administrative area (forest properties in counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Offaly). In some instances, we may decide not to spray if populations have not built up to risk levels, as our policy is to minimise chemical use where possible."

"I cannot say for definite if we absolutely need to spray on every site as there are many considerations, Firstly, forest managers are on each of these sites regularly to monitor populations of weevil and potential for damage. Also, there is a shortage of contractors especially in Co. Clare, and the weather is a factor too if there is wind/rain forecast - in general we can say that many of these sites will likely be sprayed once over the next2-3 weeks and possibly again at the end of the summer in August/Sept if populations are still at a level to cause damage to the young trees. After this year it is unlikely we will have to spray any of these particular crops again for the next 35 years as the trees are now nearly strong enough to survive until end of rotation."

About Cypermethrin and its use in Irish Forestry

Here we will give some facts and links about Cypermethrin and its use in Irish Forestry, particularly relevant to beekeepers. But we cannot give all the facts we would like to at this stage and much of the information contained in the documents to which links are provided is too technical to be easily understood. Also, it so far has not been possible to find clear information as to what beekeepers can do if confronted with a Cypermethrin problem.

As indicated by IForUT, Cypermethrin is used to control the large pine weevil which is a problem for young trees and so in the short term, beekeepers close to young plantations are those most likely to be affected. Here are some links:

Hope to bring you some more practical information than this in the near future.