October 21st, 2019

Pesticides kill pests. That’s the whole point. Unfortunately, they can also harm the insects we love–namely BEES.   While growing organically and pesticide-free is ideal, there are times for some, when treatment sometimes becomes necessary. The GOOD news is that there are pesticides available which can help fight pests and are actually SAFE for bees as well–regardless of when they are applied. These include;

  • Sulfur
  • Serende
  • Herbicides
  • Garlic
  • Kaolin Clay
  • Corn Gluten
  • Gibberellic Acid

On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are still a lot of products out there that are not safe, and will prove fatal for our bee friends when used on or around any areas where they might feed. The following list are the top 10 pesticides that you should completely AVOID if possible;

  • Orthene
  • Seven
  • Diazonin
  • Bayer Systemic
  • Ambush
  • Raid
  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Insecticidal soap or oil
  • Copper Sulfate
  • Sabadilla

There are other pesticides and treatments that while perhaps not quite as harmful as the above list, when applied at the wrong time, can also have deadly results.  Applying these products when the bees are still in their hives, namely early mornings or later in the evenings, allows them to dissolve and dry before the bees begin feeding. These include;

  • Spinosad
  • Pyrethrum
  • Neem Oil
  • Boric Acid
  • Ryania
  • Adjuvants
  • Horticulture Vinegar
  • Copper
  • Lime Sulfur

There are also other alternative pest-fighting methods that gardeners employ, avoiding pesticides altogether. Beneficial insects, floating row covers, bug traps, hand-picking bugs off your plants, and crop rotation, are just a few ways to minimize pests in your yards and gardens without resorting to harmful chemicals.