It has been several years since I heard about the bee colony collapse disorder. It has also been many years since I also heard the name Neonicotinoids for the first time. I assumed it was some kind of pesticide. But like any other pesticide, you get use to hear the name, that after a while, you don’t really pay attention to it.
Neonicotinoids is a neuro-active insecticide. It is a product that is very toxic to insects, and to some extent to humans as well. It is a systemic pesticide, which means they are taken up by the plant, and transported to the different plant tissues. The primary pests are aphids and grubs.
Neonicotinoids -Why are bees dying
Farmers spray this product to prevent damage by insects mostly in soybean, wheat, corn, vegetables, orchards, and some other fields. It is also sprayed to kill grubs on lawns, or house and garden plants. It is water soluble, and it takes almost 50 days before the product stops working. It means that, although the intended pest could be aphids or grubs, bees can also suffer, since they can get in contact with plants and flowers that have been sprayed. Low levels of exposure of this chemical to bees can be fatal. In fact, the EPA just released new findings regarding neonicotinoid insecticide and bees. What can we do?
Choose Neonocotinoid free vegetables instead of conventional. More demand of organic products will mean less chemicals will be sprayed . Small changes can make a difference.
Ask your landscaper or garden center if their plants have been sprayed. Use untreated seeds. Stop using products, or stop buying plants that contain this insecticide. Use more beneficial plants that will attract pollinators. Grow healthy and safe plants for the bees.
Do you own bees? Have you seen a decline in bees around your property? Did you know what Neonicotinoids was?