This article was published originally on 8/23/2013
From U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release, August 15, 2013:
In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.
The new labels will have a bee advisory box and icon with information on routes of exposure and spray drift precautions. Today’s announcement affects products containing the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. The EPA will work with pesticide manufacturers to change labels so that they will meet the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) safety standard.
Read more on the EPA’s label changes and pollinator protection efforts on their website.
Bee hazard icon that will accompany EPA pesticide label directions to protect pollinators.