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Impact of bug spray on pollinators

Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Four Seasons Gardening program by University of Illinois Extension continues with a session on Pollinators and Insecticides. The program is offered twice, at 1 p.m. Tuesday and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Both sessions will be presented via teleconference at the DeKalb County Center for Agriculture, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore.

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) continues to be a major problem for the honeybee, our most important pollinator. Species of bumblebees in California are dwindling in numbers, and some may go extinct. Bumblebees in Illinois are being surveyed to determine whether there is a similar local problem. Although these and other threats to pollinators appear to be caused by several factors, recent research points to some insecticides as being more than just a minor part of the problem. Non-technical summaries of this research will be presented along with other impacts to insect pollinators and an overview of the various pollinators.

This is the second session of the spring series. The next program, All About Tomatoes: Strategies for Controlling Common Pests and Disorders, is set for May 7 and 9.

Cost per session is $5. Advance registration is needed. Phone 815-758-8194 or email bmacarus@illinois.edu for more information. If you require special accommodation, please indicate when registering. You can register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

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