Numerous factors can negatively impact honey bee health – including parasitic mites, diseases, habitat loss, nutritional deficiencies and hive management practices. Although some believe neonicotinoid insecticides may be involved, extensive research has shown that these products do not represent a long-term threat to bee colonies when used as directed by the product labels.
Agricultural crops which honey bees use for foraging include canola/oilseed rape, fruits and vegetables.
The use of neonicotinoid insecticides in agriculture has been considered by many as having revolutionized the farmers’ ability to control damaging pests. Neonicotinoids are an important family of insecticides introduced two decades ago. They were adopted by farmers around the world because of their effectiveness in controlling harmful and destructive crop pests, some of which had developed resistance to other insecticides already on the market.
Bayer’s neonicotinoid products are widely used in a variety of applications including seed-applied insecticides and sprays. Seed treatments protect the seeds from within, because their active ingredients are taken up by the seeds, helping them to withstand soil-borne pests and early season foliar pests during the early stages of plant development.
Neonicotinoid-based products have replaced many older agricultural crop protection products because of their effectiveness against harmful pests, excellent operator safety, and a relatively favorable environmental profile.
|'Protecting Bees and Pollinators'
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