Gardeners Warned Not To Overuse Weedkillers

21st April 2019

Gardeners are being reminded not to put too much weedkiller down this spring. Weedkillers don’t just kill the plants, but they kill honey bees and insects that feed on their nectar.

Russell Francis, who is coordinating a project to capture Asian hornets, says plants that produce nectar need to be protected:

‘Weedkillers will kill any insects, particularly insects that are drawn to flowers. Honeybees and bumblebees are particularly vulnerable. It depends if its a selective weedkiller or not and what its being put on. If it’s a plant that is producing nectar honeybees an bumblebees are going to feed on it. We are aware that pesticides are one of the main concerns for pollinating insects.’

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