Bayer, the company that makes insecticides that harm bees, has come up with the ultimate irony: buy their Provado Ultimate Bug Killer and get a free packet of bee seeds. Their publicity continues the irony with: ‘There is a lot of misinformation and lack of understanding being circulated about the effects of neonicotinoid, insecticides including imidacloprid and thiacloprid in relation to bee health.’
Too right! And most of the misinformation comes from Bayer themselves. In contrast, recent findings from a team of independent scientists say: ‘At field realistic doses, neonicotinoids cause a wide range of adverse sublethal effects in honeybee and bumblebee colonies, affecting colony performance through impairment of foraging success, brood and larval development, memory and learning, damage to the central nervous system, susceptibility to diseases, hive hygiene etc.’. For those who wish to send a message to Bayer, the publicity gives a contact name and email address.