Gardening Alert!!!!

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My husband brought something to my attention not too long ago, and it is in regard to an insecticide being used for insect control, that may be killing our Bumble Bees.  I have an excellent research article here for you to look at if you are interested.  It is very likely that many of us are using some of these products that are killing off our bees.  We need the bees to pollinate our food so lets not use these chemicals anymore.  Please let others know as well.

Last year when I was purchasing some plants at some of the big box stores, I noticed a tag in the pot saying that they were sprayed with this chemical.  They were used on all of the knockout roses so I did not buy any last year.

ARE NEONICOTINOIDS KILLING BEES?

Clearly Documented Factsimage

Exposure of bees to neonicotinoids

  • ӧ  Neonicotinoid residues found in pollen and nectar are consumed by flower-visiting insects such as bees. Concentrations of residues can reach lethal levels in some situations.
  • ӧ  Neonicotinoids can persist in soil for months or years after a single application. Measurable amounts of res- idues were found in woody plants up to six years after application.
  • ӧ  Untreated plants may absorb chemical residues in the soil from the previous year.

ӧ  Products approved for home and garden use may be applied to ornamental and landscape plants, as well as turf, at significantly higher rates.  Read article here.  

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Examples of Neonicotinoid Products Used in the United States

Neonicotinoid

Registered use in the United States

Product trademark names

Agriculture

Turf, Ornamental, Residential

Acetamiprid

Application as foliar spray for leafy veg- etables, fruiting vegetables, cole crops, citrus fruits, pome fruits, grapes, cotton, and ornamental plants and flowers.

Assail Tristar

Ortho Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Insect Killer

Ortho Rose and Flower Insect Killer

Clothianidin

Seed treatment, application as foliar spray or soil drench for a variety of field and tree crops, also for turf and a vari- ety of ornamental trees and flowers

Arena Poncho Clutch Belay

Aloft
Arena
Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose &

Flower Care granules
Green Light Grub Control with Arena

Dinotefuran

Application as soil drench or foliar spray to leafy and fruiting vegetables, turf, and ornamental plants.

Also used as bait or granules in buildings for cockroach control.

Venom Scorpion

Green Light Tree & Shrub Insect Control with Safari 2 G

Safari
Transect
Zylam 20SG Systemic Turf Insecticide

Imidacloprid

Application as seed dressing, soil drench, granules, injection, or spray to a wide range of field and tree crops, as well as ornamental plants, trees, and turf.

(Also, topical use on pets for flea control and application to buildings for termite control.)

Admire Gaucho Imicide Provado Macho Malice Sepresto Widow Wrangler

Bayer Advanced 3-in-1 Insect, Disease, & Mite Control

Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree & Shrub Insect Control

Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed

Bayer Advanced Fruit, Citrus & Vegetable Insect Control

Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose & Flower Care concentrate

DIY Tree Care Products Multi-Insect Killer Ferti-lome 2-N-1 Systemic
Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray
Hunter

Knockout Ready-To-Use Grub Killer Lesco Bandit
Marathon
Merit

Monterey Once a Year Insect Control II Ortho Bug B Gon Year-Long Tree & Shrub

Insect Control
Orhto MAX Tree & Shrub Insect Control Surrender Brand GrubZ Out

Thiacloprid

Application as foliar spray to cotton and pome fruit crops.

Calypso

Thiamethoxam

Application as seed dressing, soil drench, injection, granules, or foliar spray to a wide range of field crops, as well as ornamental plants and turf.

Actara Adage Crusier Centric Platinum

Flagship
Maxide Dual Action Insect Killer Meridian

Sources for registered use information (column 2): EPA 2002; EPA 2003a; EPA 2003b; EPA 2004

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