I have heard that they are persistent as well and for this reason we buy NO flowering plants at any of the big box stores. Since it is a systemic pesticide, it gets into the pollen and the bees take it back to their hives. It has definitely been linked to Colony Collapse Disorder.
I'm sorry Jeffery but I would either return or get rid of those plants if I were you.
Post by desertwoman on Mar 2, 2017 21:46:51 GMT -5
What I remember is that Home Depot announced in 2015 that they were going to start phasing out treating flowering plants with neonicotionids and that they would label plants still treated until the phase out is completed (I think by 2018) Lowes has followed , along with Whole Foods But many plants sold today are still treated with neonicos- both at Home Depot and other retailers. So ask questions at the stores/ nurseries you buy from.
I agree with brownrexx Jeffery - return or trash those plants. Neonicos are tenacious and our bees depend on us refusing to plant treated plants.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
Hubby and I were in town last week for an evening meal. As we waited for the light to change (we were on foot on the square), I noticed a bumble bee on the concrete, moving, but unable to stand/fly. I also noticed that the city planters had just been planted very recently. The mulch that whoever put down, had not been rained on, so it was really recent. I wonder if the bumble bee had been to visit the new flowers.
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