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Reduce the use of poisons in and around your yard. Find alternative methods of control for pests and diseases.

Honey bee on a Scotch thistle
Honey bee on a Scotch thistle

Bees (honey and native) are insects, so using insecticides on your lawn and garden will kill them. There are alternative organic solutions to pest and disease control that are better for the environment, better for pollinators and better for you.

Insecticides and herbicides

Insecticides

Insecticides come in two forms:

  • Contact insecticides are toxic to insects upon direct contact. Products such as Fipronil are toxic to pollinators and should be avoided.
  • Systemic insecticides, these become incorporated and distributed systemically throughout the whole plant. You should avoid plants pretreated with insecticides like neonicotinoids (systemic agricultural insecticide)
Pollinators don’t like insecticides.

Herbicides

  • Also commonly known as weedkillers, are chemical substances used to control unwanted plants.
  • You should avoid plant-killing herbicides, get outside, enjoy the fresh air and pull some weeds instead. Glyphosphate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses.
  • It is now thought that Glyphosphate damages the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees and makes them more prone to deadly infections.

Make smart choices

Make smart choices by buying pesticide-free plants and seeds. Try time-tested techniques, like hand-picking pests and using physical barriers to keep pests out.

Make your own remedies

None of us like putting in the time and effort to grow flowers and vegetable to have them destroyed by pest and diseases before we get to enjoy them. Instead of going down the toxic path of insecticide and herbicides why not make your own organic pest and disease remedies. There are resources all over the web about organic remedies and solutions for pest and disease control.

ABC’s organic gardener is a great resource for alternative control methods of both pests and diseases.

Organic Gardener ABC

A useful website covering all things organic gardening, including a large number of articles on Pest & disease remedies.

Organic Gardener ABC

Please remember it doesn’t matter whether it is chemical spray or home made remedies never store these substances in old drink or food containers and never store them where they can be accessed by children. Label all substances properly so it is clear what it contains. Even natural remedies may make people unwell if ingested.

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