pesticide companies

nimblenonsense replied to your post “You’re probably tired of hearing about ant salvation, but I just got…”

Yeah, if you’re in the Gulf Coast region of the US, those are probably the razberry crazy ants. Near all commercially available baits and poisons don’t work, and we had a guy from Texas A&M come through our full neighborhood and do a study for pesticide companies to find something that worked. Check if your neighbors have problem with the ants, if they do, the only way to make it stop is that the whole neighborhood has to get anti-ant’d at the same time :cccc

Not even remotely, I’m in the upper midwest, the land of ice and fire. 

Yet we somehow had three different types of ant in our kitchen alone last year and sporadic invasions of the bathroom and home office. I dunno if you’ve ever heard a PC processor churning up ants when it got turned on after we’d been gone for a weekend, but the computer almost didn’t win. 

We’ve done all the things you’re supposed to do re: the yard and we’ve done all kinds of house repairs to get rid of them and laid every poison available to us. 

I watched the ones in the kitchen chew through fucking silicone calk.

We completely abandoned part of the basement last year until we were able to hire someone to come bomb it for us and now we have an annual plan we pay into to get the house treated every few weeks/months depending on how bad it is. So far we haven’t seen any since the last treatment so hopefully I wont be dealing with ants coming out my keyboard again/inside my tea kettle. My OCD just can’t handle it.

Bee-Aware 

Honey bees—wild and domestic—perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees.

Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops—which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition—are pollinated by bees.

Typically, a bee hive or colony will decline by 5-10 percent over the winter, and replace those lost bees in the spring. In a bad year, a bee colony might lose 15-20 percent of its bees.

In the US winter losses have commonly reached 30-50 percent, in some cases more, scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. Many of these causes are interrelated.

We know humans are largely responsible for the two most prominent causes: pesticides and habitat loss.

Biologists have found more than 150 different chemical residues in bee pollen, a deadly “pesticide cocktail”. The chemical companies Bayer, Syngenta, BASF, Dow, DuPont and Monsanto shrug their shoulders at the systemic complexity, as if the mystery were too complicated. They advocate no change in pesticide policy. After all, selling poisons to the world’s farmers is profitable, they  control nearly 100% of the world market for genetically modified pesticides, plants and seeds.

Furthermore, wild bee habitat shrinks every year as industrial agribusiness converts grasslands and forest into mono-culture farms, which are then contaminated with pesticides. 

To reverse the world bee decline, we need to fix our dysfunctional and destructive agricultural system.