Protect Pollinators from Pesticides
Neonicotinoids are a group of insecticides that are used widely on farms, as well as around our homes, schools, and city landscapes. These harmful chemicals can be found in many common garden products and are particularly harmful to pollinators. Learn more about neonicotinoids and the brand names of common garden products that contain these chemicals here.
Learn more about Xerces’ pesticide program here.
Taking Next Steps
Attracting Native Pollinators
Xerces’ most recent book, Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies, is available to purchase from our website. The book is published in 2011 by Storey Publishing, North Adams, Massachusetts. Attracting Native Pollinators is coauthored by four Xerces Society staff members Eric Mader, Matthew Shepherd, Mace Vaughan, and Scott Black in collaboration with Gretchen LeBuhn, San Francisco State University. Read more.
How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides
Deciding which pesticide product to use can be a complex process. This detailed guide, produced jointly by the extension services of Oregon State University, Washington State University, and the University of Idaho, offers detailed guidance on how to select and apply insecticides. Extensive tables list the toxicity to bees of dozens of chemicals and how long after application they remain hazardous to bees in the field. To view PDF, click here.