What to know about pesticides & herbicides
Pesticides kill bees in several ways. First, bees absorb the chemicals through their exoskeletons when they’re exposed to pesticides in the air. Pesticides can contaminate pollen, nectar, and even dew. When bees come in contact with these substances, they can be killed before they even make it home. Finally, bees sometimes take contaminated pollen and nectar back to the hive, where it harms the other bees.
No Spray sounds ideal, but as stewards of our land we know if that's feasible or not. The next step is educated and thoughtful use of herbicides and pesticides so that there's minimal or no impact on the insects we're trying to help out.
what are neonicatinoids?
Neonicatinoids (neonic's) are a compound in insecticides. They have been banned in Europe for several years. They cause nerve damage to invertebrates, causing them to die or become non functional. They are absorbed into the plant and into the ground and water and can kill bugs for several weeks after application, or for the life of the plants that are treated.
Here are some informative sites about spraying and sprays.
Stafford Hamlet's Ann Culter has written a report on the likely connection between herbicides, pesticides and the honey bee's Colony Collapse Disorder. download here
Great site explaining exactly what to avoid for pollinators and giving tips on what to use and when
Natural remedies for getting rid of pests
Smart garden practices that keep pests down, like row cloths, et
Just for rose lovers - a way to keep bugs off your plants and end up with gorgeous blooms!
Xerces explanation for why neon's are damaging to invertebrates.