Impact of bug spray on pollinators
SYCAMORE – The Four Seasons Gardening program by University of Illinois Extension continues with a session on Pollinators and Insecticides. The program is offered twice, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Both sessions will be presented via teleconference at the DeKalb County Center for Agriculture, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) continues to be a major problem for the honeybee, the most important pollinator. Species of bumblebees in California are dwindling in numbers, and some may go extinct. Bumblebees in Illinois are being surveyed to determine if there is a similar problem. Although these and other threats to pollinators appear to be caused by several factors, recent research points to some insecticides as being more than just a minor part of the problem. Non-technical summaries of this research will be presented along with other impacts to insect pollinators and an overview of the various pollinators.
This is the second session of the spring series. The next program, All About Tomatoes: Strategies for Controlling Common Pests and Disorders, is set for May 7 and 9.
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