Tips for Reducing Pesticide Risk to Pollinators

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As warmer weather approaches Michigan, bees are beginning to pollinate flowers. Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem, so Michigan State University wants to remind growers of the dangerous effects pesticides can have on the bees.

Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process to solve pest problems that focus on long term prevention while minimizing risks to people and the environment.  Using traps, degree day models, and thresholds are just some ways growers can reduce the need for pesticides.

For fruit crops farmers, it may be tempting to buy pesticides to keep insects and diseases away, however pesticides are known to weaken hives. When a hive is weakened, it means the bees cannot adequately pollenate to their best ability, so these pesticides not only hurt the bees but the crops as well.

If you would like to learn about more tips, read more here.

 

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