“After being questioned by a beekeeper who apparently likes to keep a colorful pristine yard, The BBB needs to mention briefly about not purchasing neonics treated plants as precautionary and why. I know a wholesale nursery that voluntarily switched over because of the detrimental effects on pollinators. There is some research to back if necessary.”
Neonics refers to neonicotinoids which are a type of pesticide used to treat various plants to protect them from insects that might feed on them. For more detailed information on these pesticides I refer the reader to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neonicotinoid). In a nutshell, Wikipedia states:
“Neonicotinoids (sometimes shortened to neonics /ˈniːoʊnɪks/) are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. In the 1980s Shell and in the 1990s Bayer started work on their development. The neonicotinoid family includes acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam. Imidacloprid is the most widely used insecticide in the world. Compared to organophosphate and carbamate insecticides, neonicotinoids cause less toxicity in birds and mammals than insects. Some breakdown products are also toxic to insects.
In the late 1990s neonicotinoids came under increasing scrutiny over their environmental impact. Neonicotinoid use was linked in a range of studies to adverse ecological effects, including honey-bee colony collapse disorder (CCD) and loss of birds due to a reduction in insect populations; however, the findings have been controversial. In 2013, the European Union and a few non EU countries restricted the use of certain neonicotinoids. “