Millions of bees dead due to pesticides

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by recycledsole, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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  2. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    that doesn't sound like good news. I was mowing this week thinking to myself "I haven't seen a grasshopper in years". When I was a kid we'd catch them by the hundreds and freeze them for our pet turtles. I couldn't say when I saw one last. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places??
     
  3. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    thanks moose
    yes each of us has to do our own part. that is why I do not use any pesticides or herbicides or fertilizers in my business. I still use gas which I wish I could find another way, but there is no need for all those chemicals.
     
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I got 2 words ... Alternative pollinators
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  5. Arvydas

    Arvydas LawnSite Member
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    I manage all my properties organically, and they look better than most of the sprayed properties I see. In most cases I find pesticides to be a waste of money, if you know anything about horticulture and correcting soil deficiencies.
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  6. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    Youre kidding right? You think that moths, butterflies, etc.. can take the place of bees?
     
  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    hey arvyDas what prodcuts do you use? some of the lawns I took over are starting to get kind of weedy and im not going to use chemicals.
    thanks
     
  8. idratherbefishing

    idratherbefishing LawnSite Member
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    Nothing will be able to take the place of honey bees. Ironically they are not from the USA. They are from Europe. I have 6 bee hives. Pesticides are not good for the creatures but being in this business I offer the pesticide service but I also pay great attention to the timing of applications to make sure it is least likely to harm the beneficial insects. If your plants are flowering, then don't spray with a pesticide that says it's harmful to honey bees. I am not sure you can get rid of weeds in a lawn organically. I've never seen it done.
     

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