As warm weather sets in and plants begin to grow, I thought it would be time to share this PSA with you:
Please do not use pesticides or herbicides in your gardens or lawns!
If you must use these to take care of harmful weeds or pests, please use safer alternative methods. Got aphids? Buy a bag of ladybugs! Mosquitoes? Set up hummingbird feeders to attract these mosquito eating birds to your garden. Other insect pests? Introduce predators such as preying mantises. Organic fungicides and herbicides are also available.
The fact is that pesticides are a major cause of bee population decline. At my old university, they had a beautiful garden full of bright, blooming flowers.
They also sprayed pesticide on these flowers.
Every day I walked by these flowers, there were hundreds of dead and dying bumblebees, bees, and other pollinators scattered around the flowers. They were lured in with the promise of sweet nectar and ultimately died horribly before able to pass the pollen on.
No bees means a lot of your favorite fruits and veggies will be gone. No more flowers either. Ecosystem collapse.
Save the bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other important pollinators (even the non-pollinating critters!) by keeping a pesticide free garden or yard.