I live in the Willow Creek area. I'm almost 60 years old.
I've been watching the precipitous decline of ALL INSECTS for 4 years. As a young Californian, I remember that in summer, insects were HELLLISH. You could NOT leave the door open or you'd have flys inside in great numbers. It was difficult to find a place to sit on the ground that wasn't covered with ANTS of ALL DESCRIPTIONS. Bees and wasps in the house were a daily occurrence. Mosquitoes would flood in after dark and moths of ALL DESCRIPTIONS would cover any window with a light in it. As a young man, walking barefoot on a lawn was hazardous because of the honeybees on every little flower and clover.
For the last 4 years, I have been able to leave my doors and unscreened windows wide open any hour of day or night. I may get a few gnat/flies inside. I may see 2 or 3 tiny moths. The lights outside the house have no moths around them. Finding an ant hill is a rarity. The only ants that invade are the tiny black ones. There is a healthy population of "Daddy longleg" spiders (So they must be eating something, but finding a spiderweb with a bug in it isn't common any more. Dead flies on windowsills are almost non-existent. Lawns covered with daisies will have almost ZERO insects on them.
This is year 5. I purposely have not washed the windshield on my vehicle during summer any of these years. I can literally go the whole summer without any problem seeing around the bug splats. What splats are there are small.
I remember so many insects in California that on any long trip you had to wash out your radiator to keep the car from overheating from the thousands of insects of all descriptions plugging it.
I remember turning over rocks and finding scorpions very often.
I remember having mosquito bites all summer long.
I remember so many bees in the fruit trees and the blackberry bushes that the air vibrated from them.
I remember the forest being FULL of songbirds of ALL descriptions. There were so many that the forest was NOISY from birds, squirrels and insects.
NONE OF THAT EXISTS TODAY. NONE. NONE. NONE. I've noticed the same thing from the Columbia river on the North to the Bay Area on the South.
I've also spoken with people around the country and many of them are seeing a severe drop in insect populations. Notably Manitoba Canada and Fairbanks Alaska have both reported very few insects and small wildlife.
WAKE UP, IT'S NOT JUST THE BEES!