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Pesticides and Insecticides in the News

People are talking about the decrease in pollinators (honey bees) related to the use of neonic pesticides. They have impacts not just for bees, but gardeners, farmers, hunters, and US!

To help the honey bees, refrain from using toxic pesticides.

The most widely used garden insecticides are a class of chemicals called neonicotinoids.

You should avoid using products whose active ingredient is one of the following: Imidacloprid Clothianidin Thiamethoxam Dinotefuran Acetamiprid

See the Center for Food Safety fact sheet (PDF) which lists products which contain these neonicotinoids and should be avoided.

What should I use?

The least toxic chemicals are often soap or fat/oil based emulsions that disrupt the pest with little environmental impact. Safer Brand and EcoSmart products are generally a good choice for chemical products that have low toxicity and are usually derived from organic ingredients. The major pesticide brands like Ortho and Bayer also have lines of less toxic chemicals, but it is suggested patronizing brands that generally avoid the worst chemicals in all of their products. Read the labels!

This information was reprinted from sustainable beekeepers organization check it out!


See two excellent Pheasants Forever articles (PDF) relating to the potential impacts to pheasants and other wildlife.

Working outdoors?

Check your air quality forecast to find the best time for a workout or run. Knowing your air quality can help avoid aggravating respiratory problems such as asthma.

Also try the AIRNow Mobile App to get real-time air quality information where you are.