Pesticides and Bees, a Lethal Combination

In the United States, pesticides, alone and in combination with other environmental factors have had a terrible effect on honeybees and other pollinators.  Many pesticides found in lawn and garden products and agricultural settings are known to be harmful to bees, some outright killing them, and others with a more subtle effect that reduces the bees’ ability to survive.


When pesticides, especially neonicotinoid pesticides, are introduced in a garden or agricultural setting, worker bees abandon the hive and leave the queen all by herself, causing the colony to collapse. Studies at Penn State University have shown more than 120 similar pesticides that have also contaminated hives. While none of the samples by themselves were toxic enough to harm the bees, the combination was lethal.

Without bees, our entire agricultural system and food supply is put at risk. Not to mention the smaller ecosystems within our own yards and gardens. The most frustrating part is that we already know how to solve this problem. We must learn how to live without toxic pesticides and chemicals.

A good first step in this process is to eliminate toxic chemicals, especially neonicitinoid pesticides, from our gardens.


Anti-Pest-O is an all-natural plant pest repellent (certified by MOFGA, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener’s Association) that effectively repels garden pests without any harmful effects on bees. The three active ingredients in Anti-Pest-O are fresh Habanero pepper, fresh garlic and Azadirachtin, the active ingredient in Neem Tree Seeds. The other two ingredients in Anti-Pest-O are Habanero pepper and garlic which work together to make the plant as unpleasant to the predator as anything can be. These three, working together, will rid the growing area, inside or out, of pests virtually overnight. It is highly effective on whitefly, aphids, spider mites, thrips and so many more – but is safe for bees.

Try it today and watch your garden (and bees!) thrive.

Anti-Pest-O is available at your local Lowes, Whole Foods and Master Garden Nursery Centers.

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