Does insecticide affect bee population?Asked on: Sep 13, 2023 07:11 AM
Oh, absolutely! Insecticides are like really bad candy for bees. You know how too much candy can give you a tummy ache? Well, for bees, insecticides can be even worse. They can affect the bee's ability to fly, find their way home, or even survive. This is a big problem because we need bees to help plants grow by pollinating them. It's like the bees are the mailmen of the plant world, delivering important packages that help plants make fruits and seeds.
Some insecticides called neonicotinoids are especially harmful to bees. They're like super sour candies that can really harm the bees. These insecticides get into every part of a plant and can hang around for a long time. So, if a bee visits a flower on that plant to get some nectar or pollen (which is their version of a grocery shopping), they also get a dose of this harmful insecticide.
So yes, using insecticides can reduce bee populations which is not good news for us or our environment. Imagine if all your mail got lost because there were no mailmen? That's why it's important to think about our buzzy little friends when using products to protect our plants from pests.
Remember kids: Bees are friends, not pests! So let's do what we can to help keep them safe.source