In Fending Off Mosquitoes, Spatial Repellents With Pyrethroids Show Potential

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By Leslie Mertz Step 1: Complain about how bad the mosquitoes are this year. Step 2: Purchase a can of bug spray to keep mosquitoes away. Step 3: Use it once and be disgusted by the greasy feel and weird smell. Step 4: Put the can in a closet, never to be used again. Step […]

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 […]

Pyrethroid Insecticides Alter Honey Bee Behavior

According to a new study published in the journal Chemosphere, certain insecticides common to U.S. orchards appear to make honey bees substantially less busy — and no, they are not neonicotinoids. The study suggests that exposure to sublethal doses of insecticides known as pyrethroids may reduce honey bee movement and social interaction. The authors found […]