neonics

WHAT ARE NEONICS?

Neonicotinoids, or neonics for short, are “a class of insecticides that share a common mode of action that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death” (via Beyond Pesticides).

In 2014 The International Union of Concerned Scientists conducted a meta analysis of 800 peer reviewed reports and concluded that neonicotinoids are a key factor in the decline of bees.

 

WHAT ARE THEIR IMPACT ON BEES?

Neonics are highly toxic to bees and are a key contributor to recent bee declines.
Neonicotinoids are persistent and can exist in soil for to six years.

In a conducted by Purdue University, traces of toxic neonicotinoids were found in every collected sample of dead and dying bees.

 

TYPES OF NEONICS

Imidacloprid, Acetamiprid, Clothianidin, Cyantraniliprole, Sulfoxaflor, Dinotefuran, Nithiazine, Thiacloprid, Thiamethoxam.

Neonics are widespread in the gardening world. In fact, a recent study showed that more than 50% of plants advertised as “bee friendly” sold in 18 North American cities contained unlabeled neonicotinoids.

 

BE THE SOLUTION

Sign the Pollinator Safe Neighbor Pledge!

Use organic gardening and pest-management methods.
Buy organic plants and seeds.

Beware of tree care companies who inject trees with neonicotinoids to “prevent Emerald Ash Borer.” Opt instead for organic, sustainable tree care companies! You can see our list of suggested tree and lawn care companies here.