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What is a neonicotinoid pesticide?
If you haven鈥檛 heard this term, that鈥檚 probably due to the fact that it鈥檚 a relatively new class of synthetic insecticides. Neonicotinoid pesticides (aka neonics) are similar to nicotine, which is naturally found in nightshade plants like tobacco, and supposedly less harmful to humans but is poisonous to bees and many other insects and animals.
What are the different types of neonicotinoids?
The neonicotinoid family includes specific pesticides such as acetamaprid, imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam.
Are neonicotinoids harmful to pollinators?
Studies have shown that residues from neonicotinoids pesticides can accumulate in the pollen of treated plants, posing a real danger to pollinators even after use of the pesticide stops on the plant. How Do Neonicotinoids Work? The EPA classifies neonicotinoids as both toxicity class II and class III agents.
What insects are affected by neonicotinoids?
While there are many target insects, such as whitefly, Japanese beetles, emerald ash borer and others, neonicotinoids are used in general to control sucking and chewing insects and beetles. But some of the insects they hammer are important pollinators such as honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees.