I Am So Pissed Off About Neonicotinoids!

Hard to spell, hard to pronounce, even harder to stomach!


Have you heard of them?

  Neonicotinoids are a type of insecticide that works SYSTEMICALLY which means it makes all parts of the plant poisonous to insects.  The leaves, roots. pollen and nectar are poisonous!


You would never knowingly purchase poisonous plants would you?  Especially if you were trying to plant a bee or butterfly garden.  But that is exactly what you are doing if you have bought your plants at a large garden center.


From a report published by Friends of The Earth:

Unfortunately, home gardeners have no idea they may actually be poisoning pollinators through their efforts to plant bee-friendly gardens. The plants included in this new study were purchased from major nursery outlets and garden centers, including Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart in 18 cities throughout all four official geographic regions of the U.S., as well as three provinces of Canada…

I am so angry that I just want to SCREAM!  Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Is there no end to corporate greed and irresponsibility toward the planet?

I guess this short cartoon sums it up:

By the way – seeds are also treated with neonicotinoids.

All of our corn, most of our soy and other grains are treated.


Several European countries have banned these chemicals, but a bill to suspend their use in the US went to congress and never left committee – do you wonder why?  Neonicotinoids are produced by Shell and Bayer, right here in the Good Ole USA.

neon protest

I hope you would never find a reason to use an insecticide but if you do, please check your labels and know if you are using neonicotinoids.

This link contains names of products containing them.


It is recommended that if you must poison a pest, use a product that is specific, that targets the pest you want to kill instead of EVERY insect in the garden.

A recent report from the Xerces Society states that ornamental plants treated with a soil drench of imidacloprid (a neonicotinoid) have concentrations of imidacloprid high enough to kill bees in the blossoms for months to years following treatment.  Imidacloprid lasts longer than a year and using it annually on plants may increase the amounts found in pollen and nectar.


Imidacloprid is sold under a variety of brand names (Merit; Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree and Shrub Insect Control; Bayer Advanced 3-in-1 Insect, Disease and Mite Control; Bonide Annual Grub Beater; Ortho Max Tree & Shrub Insect Control; Premise and others).  It is used to control a variety of insect pests including cockroaches and bed bugs in homes, white grubs in the lawn, and tree-feeding pests like Japanese beetle.


If you are as concerned as I am, please check if your local garden center sells Neonicotinoid treated plants.  If they do please refuse to buy from them.

I just ordered some plants from this place which does not use neonicotinoids:


Contact Congress and let them know you want a ban on neonicotinoid use:


Support groups like Friends of the Earth and Xerces Society:



Petition Lowes, Home Depot and Wal Mart to not use neonicotinoids.


I have included the links to make it easy for you to get educated and speak out.

We have got to do something!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Faust
    Apr 08, 2015 @ 12:25:49

    WHO KNEW about Shell & Bayer upping their BOTTOM LINES by HIDING SIDE EFFECTS OF NEONICOTINOIDS FROM THE PUBLIC? Not me, but what ENRAGES ME is that OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES KNOW AND TURNS A BLIND EYE AS THEY HOLD OUT THEIR GREEDY HANDS TO SNATCH HUSH-MONEY FROM THE ABOVE 2 GIANTS!!! I say the FIX IS–out with the thousands of elected leaders (((TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE PROVERBIAL BROTH))) and in with a king OR queen. We the people do NOT like the direction they are leading us–OFF WITH THEIR HEAD!



  2. slcriger
    Apr 03, 2015 @ 21:19:46


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