by JoAnne Skelly

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December 31, 2012
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Pesticides: To bee or not to bee

After my article on pesticide safety, a reader asked me to mention that pesticide use can kill honeybees, which are important in the food chain. Yes, honeybees are important, and yes, pesticides can kill bees, all bees and other beneficial insects, not just honeybees.

Drift of toxic sprays, dusts that adhere to the bees themselves, contaminated water on foliage or flowers or contaminated pollen and nectar can all harm bees. To protect pollinators, do not use insecticides during the period of bloom. If insecticides are the only option, apply them only in the late evening when bees are not present. …

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The Record Courier Updated Dec 31, 2012 05:26PM Published Dec 31, 2012 05:25PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.