Do neonicotinoids harm solitary bees?
While there is still debate among environmentalists, researchers, and chemical companies about the effects of neonicotinoids (also known as neonics) on bees, our stance is that natural is best. There have been recent studies on traditionally managed bees (like honey and bumblebees) that shows that neonics interfere with a bee’s ability to learn to to feed from complex plants, to remember where home is, and ability to reproduce. Neonics have been shown to reduce fertility in both male and female bees.
We do not recommend using toxic chemicals in a yard because they can place our local ecology out of balance. We believe when both prey and predator are in balance, our ecosystem is healthy. When you remove the pest, predators have no food source, and thus either starve or leave. When the pest shows up again, there seemingly is no recourse other than to reach out to the chemical shelf for a solution. This creates a costly chemical cycle in your yard and garden. Avoiding chemicals may appear to tip the balance to the side of too many pests, but predators will find the pests and your yard will return to balance within a few years at most.