Anthranilic Diamides Can Potentially Replace Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments in Vegetable Crops

By Rebecca A. Schmidt-Jeffris and Brian A. Nault When used as foliar sprays, neonicotinoids have caused some concern among the general public because — like any pesticide — they can harm bees and other beneficial insects. However, using neonicotinoids as seed treatments minimizes these risks, and has become a commonly used tool for proactively protecting […]

Treating Southern Soybeans with Neonicotinoids Yields Economic Benefits After All

By Andrew Porterfield The class of insecticides called neonicotinoids (neonics) were introduced to a lot of fanfare from farmers and environmentalists alike. They were seen as far less toxic than alternative pesticides, and could be applied into the soil or on seeds, avoiding the damage to beneficial insects that’s often caused by sprays. But recently, […]

Bed Bugs Have Developed Resistance to Neonicotinoids

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By Richard Levine An article published in the Journal of Medical Entomology is the first to report that bed bugs have developed resistance to a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, the shortened name. Neonics are the most widely used group of insecticides today, and several products have been developed for bed bug […]

Rice Seeds Treated with Neonicotinoids May Produce Higher Yields, But Economic Benefits Depend on Insect Pressure

By Richard Levine In October 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a report that stated there were no economic benefits for soybean growers who use seed that is pre-treated with insecticides known as neonicotinioids. Shortly afterwards, Robert Johannson, the Acting Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), wrote an open […]

Study Finds Glyphosate and Acetamiprid to Have Relatively Low Toxicity for Honey Bees

By Andrew Porterfield Honey bees are crucial for pollination and crop production worldwide. But since episodes of Colony Collapse Disorder began arising in the mid-2000s (and have subsided somewhat), the causes of costly deaths of adult bees have focused on mites, viruses, and a number of pesticides. One group of pesticides, the neonicotinoids, has been […]