New Bee label: coming in 2014 to a pesticide label near you!
Many SW Kansas residents have voiced concern over our local bee populations (or lack there of!). I have received calls from homeowners, not complaining, but actually rejoicing because they have spotted a honey bee or bumble bee in their yard! Its rare that I hear from someone who has found an insect and is super happy about it! Honey bees and other insect pollinators have been steadily declining because of habitat loss, parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. An estimated one-third of all food and beverages are made possible by pollination from honeybees and other pollinators. Pollination is worth more than $20 billion in agricultural production annually (http://www.usda.gov/documents/ReportHoneyBeeHealth.pdf).
Thanks to the outpouring of concern over bee decline in the last couple of years in the US, the government is taking action to help the bees by creating this new label. The new “Bee hazard” label is simple, yet can be readily seen and recognized immediately by pesticide applicators. The new labels will not only sport the new “bee icon” (see above pic) but will spell out information on routes of exposure and spray drift precautions for bees and other insect pollinators. The warnings are not limited to just honey bees, but encompass “bees and other insect pollinators”. This new label will be on products containing the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Helping pesticide applicators be aware of the hazards is only part of the battle to save our pollinators. Creating pollinator friendly habitats around our homes, farms and businesses and being mindful of pollinators when using home or garden pesticides will also make a big difference to our little friends.
Click here to see the full bee label info graphic
More info on the EPA’s new bee pesticide label:
Monday, September 23, 2013
7 p.m., Kingman County Activity Center, North Room, Kingman, KS
**This involves Kansas State University’s departments of agronomy, plant pathology, entomology and grain science and industry.
New Insect Newsletter:
IN THIS ISSUE:
Another Mite Pest? Yes, The Boxwood Spider Mite; Cicada and Cicada Killer Wasps; Diagnostic Laboratory Report.
False wireworm beetles are being spotted all over SW Kansas. These beetles are currently migrating out of grass and wheat fields and invading yards and homes looking for shelter. A collection at a home in Finney Co. yielded more than 25 of these beetles within 15 minutes! The false wireworms are actually made up of several species in the genus Eleodes within the Tenebrionidae familey (Darkling beetles). They can be variable in size, but are usually dark colored beetles with ridges on the wings. Interestingly, these beetles cannot fly, as their elytra are fused together. These beetles are harmless to animals and people, however some species can cause damage to wheat by nibbling out the germ in the seeds. In addition, some produce a stinky order. Control of the adults is not recommended although removing piles of decomposing straw and vegetation can help to reduce numbers. If the larvae cause significant damage to wheat the previous year, then crop rotation is the best solution. Both the adults and larvae of these beetles eat seeds of many grasses. The adult beetles have even been known to invade Harvester ant mounds to steal seeds!
More info can be found here :