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Illinois Extension Offers Tips for Honeybee-safe Pesticide Spraying

Choose a pesticide with lower bee toxicity. Some products, like neonicotinoid insecticides, are highly toxic to bees. While our target insects are killed by the application rates on the specific use section of the product label, some nontarget insects may be sensitive to smaller quantities of the material.
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Study Finds Neonicotinoids Harm Bee Colonies

A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that two widely used neonicotinoid insecticides appear to significantly harm honeybee colonies over the winter — especially during colder winters.
HSPH says the study replicated a 2012 finding from the same research group that found a link between low doses of imidacloprid, a type of neonicotinoid insecticide, and Colony Collapse Disorder (CDD) — where bees abandon their hives over the winter and eventually die. It also found low doses of the neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin had the same negative effect.
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Bee Deaths Could Bring Unwanted Scrutiny

No-tillers are getting some sober reminders about the proper use of insecticides after a high-profile investigation has begun into the deaths of tens of thousands of bumblebees in Oregon.
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