Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) Neonicotinoid Pesticides
Bonide cares about our environment, customers, employees, and suppliers, and we take seriously our commitment to providing the best possible solutions for home, lawn and garden pest problems. In our 80 years of business, we have developed a bond of trust with customers who know they can count on us to offer products that solve their pest problems in a safe and effective manner.
The complex issue of pollinator health has been under study and discussion for a number of years. Recently an unfortunate, acute incident involving bees killed by a professional landscaper in Oregon and currently under investigation, is contributing to a renewed cycle of pesticide activism and media coverage focused on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.
Like all of our products, the use of neonicotinoids is a strategic and targeted solution to a specific pest problem. They are used to protect high-value landscapes and ornamental plants, which are an important part of property value. These products are registered under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Conventional Reduced Risk Program due to their favorable environmental profile.
We recognize our role in the conversation about pesticide use and pollinator preservation, including sharing information about choosing the right pesticide product and providing directions on the product label about how to use it correctly. We also recognize we can be a part of a solution, as the proper and judicious use of pesticide products enables the growth of healthy, pollinator-attractive plants.
In an effort to keep you better informed, we encourage you to review the information contained in the following links:
| "It's a Bee problem, not a Bee Catastrophe"
Sept 5, 2013, by Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center
|"What’s killing the bees? Varroa, and other problems"
September 11, 2013, Randy Oliver, beekeeper and biologist.
He writes at Scientific beekeeping
|"Scientist strives to save honey bees"
September 16, 2013, From: The Sydney Morning Herald Scott Hannaford
|“What’s Killing the Bees”
September 2, 2013, Randy Oliver,beekeeper and biologist.
|Congressional Research Service
– report to Congress
|Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health|