Pest and Weed Best Practices

Things To Consider

Resources

Here are some resources for learning about Integrated Pest Management as an alternative to using insecticides:

How to minimize impact of traditional sprays on bees

Spray near sunset or after dark

  • Bees are in their hive, and out of contact with spray

Insecticides

Most insecticides like Sevin are highly toxic to bees.

Better Alternatives
  • Insecticidal soap
  • Serenade
  • Spinosad
  • Neem oil

Herbicides

  • Glyphosate Herbicides (e.g. RoundUp)
    • Can impair bee navigation
    • Kills good bacteria in the bees’ stomachs
Better Alternatives
  • Battery powered weed trimmers
  • Vinegar/dish soap spray
  • Organic weed sprays
  • If you must use a herbicide, use products based on 2,4D

Fungicides

  • Increases toxic effects of insecticides
  • Increases bees’ vulnerability to disease and parasites
  • Avoid combining fungicides with pesticides when you spray
Better Alternatives
  • Sulphur
  • Copper-based fungicides
  • Neem oil

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