'The bees are in trouble'

'The bees are in trouble' »Play Video
A bee buzzes around a crocus, Monday, Feb. 25, 2014,in Albany, Ore. (AP Photo/Democrat-Herald, Mark Ylen)

EUGENE, Ore. - With spring approaching, there are signs of life everywhere.

But one population is dying.

"We have been looking at the research and there is still no exact cause," said Ross Penhallegon with the Oregon State Extension Service.

While he said mites and viruses may be the buzz-kill, other people add neonicotinoid pesticides to the list.

"The bees are in trouble and these neonicotinoid pesticides are one of the key reasons the bees are dying off in mass numbers," said Pam Driscoll, who is organizing a Save the Bees event Saturday at Cozmic Pizza.

Eugene is the first city in North America to ban the products from use on city property.

Penhallegon notes that it isn't the product but its misuse.

"I mean, pesticides, if properly used, are very beneficial to the public," he said.

A lot of concern sprung up after thousands of bees were killed in Wilsonville back in 2013.

Penhallegon said this happened because the neonicotoined was applied to a flowering tree.

"It can be harmful if it's not applied properly," he said.

With honey bee populations declining, there are things you can do to help.

Penhallegon said one solution is simple: just plant some more flowers that attract bees.

Lavender and sunflowers are some he suggests.

"We need the bees, the bees need us. So, let's help the bees out," Driscoll said.