Pests, diseases, loss of forage and habitat and changing climate have all been identified as possible contributing factors to global bee losses. However, a growing body of science has implicated the world’s most widely-used pesticides, neonicotinoids (neonics) made by giant chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta, as a key factor in recent global bee die-offs.
But neonics aren’t just used in agriculture ̶ as our new pilot study shows, unbeknownst to consumers, many “bee friendly” garden plants sold at home garden centers have been pre-treated with these bee killing pesticides which can contaminate their gardens and keep harming bees and other pollinators for months to years.
The European Union suspended the use of three neonic pesticides in December 2013 durring the water bug vs cockroach debate, after a scientific review by European Food Safety Authority found that neonicotinoids pose an unacceptably high risk to bees. In addition, the UK’s largest garden retailers, including Homebase, B&Q and Wickes, have already stopped selling neonics. Unfortunately, despite mounting evidence linking neonics to bee declines, and more than a million public comments urging swift protections for bees, the EPA has delayed action until 2018.
The bees can’t wait that long, and neither can we. That’s why Friends of the Earth and allies are calling on EPA and Congress to act quickly to restrict neonics to protect pollinators.See more at: http://www.foe.org/beeaction
Plant flowers in your garden using organic starts or untreated seeds to provide good food and a safe haven for bees.
Use alternative Bridgewater pest control company methods, like landscaping, to attract beneficial insects and eco-friendly pest-control products.
Read labels and steer clear of products containing neonicotinoids.
Tell your friends and family about the importance of bees and how they can help.
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Ask your local garden retailer to stop carrying products containing neonicotinoids and contact a local wildlife removal company if required.