Pesticides have received significant attention for their potential role in pollinator population declines. Individuals and communities who are looking to help conserve pollinators can plant habitat that supports their populations, including a diversity of flowering plants. However, some seeds and plants sold at garden centers have been previously treated with systemic pesticides, including neonicotinoids. This can threaten bees and other pollinators as they pollinate or forage on treated plants.
Before purchasing plants from nurseries and garden centers, be sure to check the plant label or ask whether they have been treated with with neonicotinoids.
- Recommendations to Protect Pollinators from Neonicotinoids - a publication from The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
- Read information on plants treated with neonicotinoids from the Monarch Joint Venture