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Make sure pesticides don't harm helpful pollinators
Make sure pesticides don't harm helpful pollinators

How can I save pollinators like honeybees and still use pesticides when I need them? Some pesticides, such as horticultural oil or soap, are effective and have low impact on beneficial insects. Call the Home and Garden Information Center for tips on timing and appropriate applications. Neem and Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) pose very low risk to honeybees, spinosad is moderately toxic to bees, and pyrethrin — though also a botanical insecticide — is very toxic. Never use strong pesticides when plants are in bloom and pollinators would contact toxin-laden pollen and flowers. Be aware that fungicides can also be lethal to pollinators. Spray in the early morning or early evening...

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