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bee safe alternative insecticide #346932

Asked 2016-07-26 19:42:09

HELLO. WHAT IS AN EFFECTIVE INSECTICIDE THAT WON' T KILL BEES?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

Expert Response

Any pesticide is toxic and will have some effect on bees.  Many on a low level that does not kill bees.  

Both horticultural oil and horticultural soap are very benign.  Both Bt and Neem have low toxicity.  Acelepyrn and acetamiprid are stronger insecticides that are not supposed to harm bees.

The best approach is to use manual methods or replant with less problematic plants if you can.  Don't spray when plants are in flower and attracting bees.

ECN 

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