All About Neonicotinoids
Neonicotinoids are a class of synthetic insecticides that are chemically similar to nicotine, the naturally-occurring toxin that is found in plants of the nightshade family. Neonicotinoid insecticides are designed to be less harmful to humans than pure nicotine, but this chemistry is poisonous to all animals. Neonicotinoids include several different chemicals, but the one most widely available to homeowners is Imidacloprid. Others are Acetamiprid, Clothianidin, Dinotefuran, Thiacloprid and Thiamethoxam.
Our decision to use neonics is science and research based, using facts and findings of trusted industry partners and research institutions. We use neonicotinoids only sparingly and with a high regard for the potential impact on our environment and pollinators. Some of our guidelines include:
- Timing the application to avoid when pollinators are present and to minimize any residue prior to plants being shipped
- Avoiding the use of neonics on flowering or pre-flowering woody and perennial plants
- Using neonics when it can reduce the overall magnitude of pesiticide use to effectively combat a targeted pest
- Utilzing neonics when they are a safer option for humans interacting with crops as compared to other controls
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