Bumblebee Kill in Eugene Rains on Pollinator Week

[Updated 6/19/14] It is with dismay that I must report on another bumblebee kill, this time only about a mile away from the bees in my yard.  All of the details are not in yet, but the basic picture is clear.  Insecticide was sprayed early Monday morning, 6/16, on blooming linden trees in an apartment... Continue Reading →

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The Mechanisms of Neuro-toxic Pesticides

Agricultural pesticides have become part of the chemical landscape that we all  live in.  To be able to make intelligent decision about the use and regulation of these chemicals, it's important to understand how they work.  Almost all modern pesticides are chemicals that interfere in some way with the nervous system. The characteristics of the... Continue Reading →

I’m getting rid of Imidacloprid – Avoiding the Worst Neonicotinoid Insecticides

I'm often asked which products are OK and which should be avoided.  Hence the mnemonic in the title to help you remember I'm getting rid of Imidacloprid.  Say it three times out loud, and when you read the labels at the garden store you will remember:  I'm getting rid of Imidacloprid. When it comes to... Continue Reading →

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