Neonics Provide Benefits for Home and Lawn Care

Thursday, April 9, 2015
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Author: Jeff Donald

In its annual report released today, Lowe’s announced that it will gradually phase out the use of neonicotinoid insecticides (“neonics”) over the next four years.  Although we share Lowe’s commitment to protect pollinator health, this decision will not help bees, but may well hurt the millions of customers who have come to depend on these products to safely protect their homes and gardens.  


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Neonics are widely used because of their effectiveness and their favorable environmental safety profile, especially when compared to the older products they replaced.  Millions of consumers have used these products to help protect their trees and shrubs from destructive pests, protect their families from fire ants and scorpions or protect their roses and flowers and gardens from Japanese beetles.


Although Lowe’s report correctly points out that many factors affect pollinator health, we believe the decision to single out neonics was made because of pressures exerted by anti-pesticide activists.  If so, we’re disappointed that the opinions of these groups trumped the voices of a majority of scientists on this issue.  With hundreds of studies conducted, we know more about neonics and bees than any class of insecticide used today. Extensive research shows poor bee health correlates well with the presence of parasites and diseases, but not with the use of neonics.


New research has confirmed what we already know about neonics and bees.  Results from a three-year study conducted by scientists from the University of Maryland, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that field exposures of neonics have negligible effects on honey bee colony health. In addition, USDA-sponsored monitoring of pesticide residues in colonies conducted over multiple years in more than 30 states shows that neonics are among the least frequently detected of all pesticides found in U.S. honey bee hives. Comprehensive scientific reviews of studies conducted over the past 15 years have shown these products are unlikely to be a significant factor when assessing bee risk.


Bayer has made a more than 25 year commitment to pollinator health and our commitment to our customers goes back even further.  Our commitment to protect and beautify the places where they live, work and play remains.  Our customers will continue to be able to find Bayer solutions to their toughest pests in hardware and lawn & garden stores throughout the country.


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For more information on neonicotinoid insecticides, read Growing Matters Fact Sheet “Understanding Neonicotinoids.”



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