“Bee” Careful what you Spray!!

I always tell folks at the rose classes I do to be sure to read the label over well on any pesticide before buying it. Also to be sure to read the label well again prior to mixing it and applying it to your roses or plants. I also highly recommend watering your roses and plants the day before application of any pesticide. A well watered rosebush or plant is far less likely to have a negative reaction to the application. All of this being said, I found an article about a study that is being done on the honey bee problems. Not just killing them but messing up their ability to find their ways back to the hive when they go out to collect pollen. Some information from that article, and others combined, is below. Sadly I have to admit I have used a couple of them in the past and that will cease immediately!! Read on below please;

Chemical Brand Names

“Linked to killing bees and causing them not to be able to get back to the hive.”

 Brand names of pesticides that contain Neonicotinoids include: Admire Pro, Allectus SC, Bayer Advanced, Coretect Tree & Shrub, Criterion, Hunter, Imidacloprid Granular, Lesco Bandit, Leverage, Lesco, Merit, Gaucho, Premise Granules, Prokoz Zenith, Quickbayt, Silvashield Forestry Tablets, Submerge, Touchstone, Trimax, Tops-MZ-Gaucho.

Other brand names include: Actara, Bonide, Platinum, Helix, Cruiser, Adage, Meridian, Centric, Flagship, Poncho, Titan, Clutch, Belay, Arena, Confidor, Merit, Admire, Ledgend, Pravado, Encore, Premise, Assail, Intruder, Adjust, Calypso, Turfthor, Dominion, Surrender, Bounty, Eliminator, Knockout, Scotts Professional Fertilizer, Ortho Bug B Gone, Ortho Bug B Gone Max, and the list goes on and on….

Go to the California Registration for all Neonicotinoids at this link below for a long list but perhaps not all the products being sold in the United States containing these chemicals:


Never use a neonicotinoid pesticide on a blooming crop or on blooming weeds if honey bees are present.

The use of a neonicotinoid pesticide pre-bloom is also not advisable.


If you want to avoid these products look for these chemical names on the label:




Imidacloprid (by far the most common)




Insecticides such as those listed below are said to be “Bee Safe” or “Bee Friendly”:  However, it is best to spray at dawn or dusk when the bees are Not active!

Spinosad (insecticide)

Pyrethrum (insecticide)

Neem oil (fungicide, insecticide)

Mavrik ( Tau-fluvalinate ) Dried residue is said to be non-toxic to Bees.

 Read the label well prior to purchase and prior to application!!!!

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