Pesticides and Honey Bee Health

Bee Health August 27, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

Honey bee foraging on Borage. Credit: The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), Crown Copyright

      Pesticides are a class of chemicals or biological agent with properties designed to deter, kill, incapacitate, or otherwise limit damage by a pest. most pesticides are used to protect plants by targeting weeds, plant pathogens, insects, nematodes, or other damaging organisms. Pesticides use is widespread in modern agriculture and can be applied in many forms. The use of pesticides must follow label instructions and misuse can harm or kill a variety of non-target organisms. 
      Mitigating damage of pesticide use to honey bees is the responsibility of all parties involved and requires concerted effort to minimize the risk, especially If bees are kept in agricultural areas. The following articles will help you understand and limit the risk of honey bees to pesticide exposure.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.