EUGENE, Ore.  – A local bee activist group organized a demonstration outside of Home Depot Saturday, hoping to meet with the managers of two local hardware retailers on products that contain bee-lethal chemicals

The group came together at around 11 a.m. toting signs and chanting “Give Bees A Chance” along Seneca Road.

Organizers met with the manager of the Home Depot store at around noon to hand over a national petition with over 200,000 signatures that calls for stores to stop selling products containing neonicotinoids – a chemical linked to colony collapse disorder.

The group Healthy Bees = Healthy Gardens said the protest was to inform people that some pesticides and tree chemicals are lethal to bees.

Response from Home Depot:

This is an issue that is important to us. Our environmental team is deeply engaged in understanding the relationship of the use of certain insecticides on our plants and the decline in the honey-bee population. They’ve been in communication with the EPA, insecticide industry and our suppliers for many months to understand the science and monitor the research.

That being said, we’re more than happy to provide customers with alternative products for their insecticide needs and are actively working with our nursery suppliers to find alternative insecticides for protecting live goods and the bees.

This is a developing story, Watch Seena Sleem’s full report on NewsSource 16 at 6:30 p.m.