New EPA label for bee-toxic pesticides

Sunday, August 18, 2013

EPA's bee icon to appear on four pesticide
labels that will kill bees and other insect

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a new pesticide label that prohibits use of four chemicals "when bees are present." The label will contain a bee symbol and information about spray drift and timing for use to avoid bees. The pesticides include are  imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, all neonicotinoides.

The new label will state this product can kill bees and other insect pollinators. The agency said it will work with pesticide manufacturers to revise their labels, although the agency has not suspended use of the pesticides. A bee advisory box will tell applicators when to use the chemicals if necessary.

In July, Congressmen Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and John Conyer of Main introduced H.R. 2692, the Save America's Pollinators Act of 2013 that directs the EPA to suspend use of the most bee-toxic neonicotinoids for seed treatment, soil applications and foliar spray until reviews show they are save. The bill also asks the EPA an Secretary of Interior to report on native bee populations and show potential causes of any declines. There is no report on any action on the bill.


European honeybee working flowers of firebush, Hamelia patens. When
purchasing garden plants, ask if they have been treated with pesticides, or
grow your own plants from seeds or cuttings you know are pesticide-free.