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What are pollinators and why should we care?

Pollinators, such as bees, bats, birds, and butterflies, are essential to the majority of the flowering plnats in our environment and to the production of over 130 different food crops.
Pollination is an essential ecological survival function. Without pollinators, the human race and all of earth's terrestrial ecosystem would not survive. Aabout 80% of our food and plant-based industrial products require pollination by animals.

Most pollinator poisoning occurs when pollinator toxic pesticides are applied to crops during the blooming period.

Poisoning of pollinators can also result from:

  • Drift of pesticides onto adjoining crops or plants that are in bloom.
  • Contamination of flowering ground cover plants when sprayed with pesticides.
  • Pesticides residues being picked up by foraging pollinators and taken back to the nest/colony.
  • Poliinators drinking or touching contaminated water sources or dew on recently treated plants.


Fun Facts:
  • Pollinators are responsible for pollinating many of our nuts, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Even crops like broccoli depend on pollinators for seed production for the next year's crop.
  • Honey bees are the major pollinators on which we depend; but native pollinators, like other species of bees, butterflies, and other insects, are also essential.

YOU depend on pollinators for 1 out of every 3 bites of food!

If you use pesticides take a look at these tips to help you reduce pesticide risk to pollinators
  1. Use pesticides only when needed.
  2. Check for "Bee Hazard" warnings and pollinator precautions in the Environmental Hazards directions for use on the label.
  3. Consider the toxicity to pollinators when selecting a pesticide and formulation and when combining products.
  4. Dew may re-wet pesticides and increase bee exposure, so avoid applying pesticide when low temperatures increase as this allows dew formation.
  5. Avoid spraying areas where native pollinators live such as hedge rows and natural areas.
  6. Establish good relations and communication with commercial and local beekeepers for more info.
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