Bee groups buzz Home Depot in protest of pesticide sales

  • Article by: REBECCA HARRINGTON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 2:35 PM

Homeowners’ choices can make a difference in bees’ survival, advocates say.

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theruntFeb. 12, 14 9:37 PM

Thank you, Erin Rupp, and the rest of you. There seem to be fewer bees and butterflies of late.

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thebugguyFeb. 13, 1410:18 PM

This is why I am not a fan of people performing DIY pest control or having their lawn care company treat their property for insects. Neonicotoids are fatal to bees and causing an epidemic across the world, that I will not deny. However, a licensed and trained pest management professional knows NOT to treat blooming plants with those types of material, not to treat areas attractive to pollinators, and follows the EPA approved label. Lawn care companies do NOT count a pest management professionals and most of the "Bee Kills" we have heard about recently, are the result of lawn care and tree care companies trying to "expand their services" without the proper knowledge, training, and more importantly licenses. Neonicotoids are beneficial as a pesticide in the treatment of many other classes of insects, a flat out ban would be detrimental to our way of life. I support stricter regulation and further limitations of use, but not an all encompassing ban. This happened in the past with DDT. Non licensed individuals used DDT outside of the parameters of the label and harm was done to the environment. Instead of a tougher crack down on applicator permissions and label limitations, the US flat out banned DDT for use. Some individuals in the pest control, entomological, scientific, and academic circles contribute the ban on DDT to the resurgence in Bed Bugs in the US. Neonicotoids are labeled for the control of Emerald Ash Borer, Fleas, Cockroaches, Termites, Silverfish, Centipedes, Millipedes, Japanese Beetles, Aphids, and some flies. THEY ARE NOT LABELED FOR THE CONTROL OF BEES, WASPS, OR HORNETS. Would you prefer an all out ban, and risk an increase in pest populations that can cause large scale financial, structural, and health concerns in our country, or would you be willing to support stricter regulations and use?

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puckluck77Feb. 17, 14 4:48 PM

We need to be much more sporatic in our uses of chemicals! Bees are CRITICAL in food production. If things dont get pollinated, they wont bear fruit and we will starve!

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