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ODA Places New Bans on Pesticides

11-22 jbo beesMEDFORD, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Agriculture is placing new restrictions on common home pesticides because of their impact on bees.

Two specific types of pesticides are being banned, dinotefuran and imidacloprid, both  belonging to a family called Neonicotinoids.

The pesticides are commonly found over-the-counter and are used in everything from agriculture to home gardening.

In this case they’re getting a new, Oregon-specific label banning their use on linden and basswood trees, both ornamental plants commonly used in landscaping.

“It’s very clear on the label, you cannot apply these products to blooming plants because that’s a recipe for real problems with killing pollinators,” said OSU Extension researcher Rick Hilton.

OSU researchers say if you have any questions around how to use pesticides, simply follow the instructions on the label.