Insecticides are a pesticide that kills insects. There are many types of insects. Some are detrimental, such as the mosquito, which spreads deadly diseases. Some are beneficial, such as the honey bee, which is responsible for the pollination of many of the plants that we depend upon for our diet.
There are many different kinds of insecticides. Broad spectrum insecticides kill any insect that they come in contact with–beneficial or detrimental. Target insecticides are formulated to kill just certain species of insects. Colony collapse disorder, CCD, was defined in 2008. There are many causes which are being examined but one of the primary focus area for many researchers is a certain class of insecticide–neonicotinoids.
The bottom line remains the same, whether you believe neonicotinoids are part of the problem or not: Bees, and other beneficial pollinators, are dying in record numbers. Pesticides, particularly insecticides but also herbicides (think Roundup) and fungicides, are part of the problem. Reducing or eliminating their use in your lawn and garden will only benefit these insects and all of the higher layers of the food chain that depend on them–YOU!
A wealth of information may be found by reading/listening/watching the following links.
David Liittschwager’s “A World in One Cubic Foot”
National Pesticide Use Maps (by Pesticide)–Search for Clothianidin, Imidacloprid, Thiamethoxan etc.
8/2013 EPA’s new Pesticide Labels
8/2013 Gardener’s Beware Report
4/2013 Beekeepers Host EPA for Tour of CA Almond Sites
4/2013 CBS News on Honeybee Losses
4/2013 Bee Culture
3/2013 Beekeepers Sue EPA–Article Summary
2/2013 Bee Deaths Threaten Crops
1/2013 Report in Pediatrics “Pesticide Exposure in Children”
FINALLY! This is the first data that I have seen that tells consumers what they CAN apply!
Click Here for Retail Neonicotinoid Products to Avoid. Thanks to Sangre de Cristo Beekeepers.
Another retail product list from the Xerces Society
Protecting Honeybees from Pesticides: Purdue Publication with Highly Toxic and Moderately Toxic Lists
Cornell University’s Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management
The Neonicotinoid Controversy:
Here are the latest findings:
NEW!!!!9/2014 Ontario Beekeepers Sue over Neonicotinoid Damage
NEW!!!!8/2014 War on Cornfield Pest Sparks Clash over Insecticide
NEW 3/2014 VIDEO Graham White on Bees and Neonicotinoids
NEW 3/2014 Neonicotinoid Myths and Flawed Arguments
5/2013 The Sydney Morning Herald–Keepers push for ban after bees stung by pesticides
5/2013 Sacramento Bee “Dying Bees raise Alarm for Humans”
5/2013 You Tube Video “The Neonicotinoid View”
National Geographic’s “Plight of the Honeybee”
4/2013 Dan Rather Report–Buzzkill
5/2013 A Bee in Their Bonnet–The Albany Tribune