PROTECTING HONEY BEES FROM PESTICIDES

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PROTECTING HONEY BEES FROM PESTICIDES

With the arrival of the 17 year cicada, an increased use of pesticides can be expected in an attempt to minimize the damaging effects of the pest. As beekeepers, we ask you to be aware of the detrimental consequences chemicals have on all pollinators including the honey bee.  In using pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides, measures can be taken to lessen the effect on beneficial insects.  Use wetable applications instead of powered chemicals.  Once the fluid dries, it is far less harmful than dusts that can be stick to the foraging honey bee and carried back to the colony.  Avoid spraying on windy days when the product may drift and spraying flowers that are in bloom and will be visited by the insects.  Spray later in the evening when honey bees are no longer visiting flowers.  And above all, please closely read and follow the product directions.  The degree of toxicity to the honey bee will be described on the label, and less harmful agents should be used.  Remembering the vital role that the honey bee serves in the pollination of 30% of all foods that we consume, we ask you to be very aware of the damage that you can cause through indiscriminate use of harmful pesticides.  For more information on responsible application of pesticides, and a list of flowers and shrubs that you can plant to help the honey bee, please refer to the following websites:

10 Way to Protect Bees form Pesticides

http://agr.wa.gov/fp/pubs/docs/388-tenwaystoprotectbeesfrompesticides.pdf (link is external)

 

Pollinators: What Can You Do

http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/pollinatorpages/yourhelp.html (link is external)

 

Bee Aware: Protecting Bees from Pesticides

http://pesticidestewardship.org/PollinatorProtection/Documents/Pollinators_and_Pesticide_Stewardship.pdf (link is external)

 

Pollinator Plants for the Mid-Atlantic Region

http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/MidAtlanticPlantList_web.pdf (link is external)

 

Selecting Plants for Pollinators

http://www.pollinator.org/PDFs/EasternBroadleaf.Oceanic.rx18.pdf (link is external)