Nature’s pollinators range from beetles to small birds. Three-quarters of agricultural crops at least partially rely on their work. These creatures also ensure the survival of many trees and flowers that help make Georgia a beautiful place. While almost everyone wants to eliminate flying pests, some people wonder if mosquito control could harm vital pollinators. Fortunately, a recent Louisiana State University study has largely alleviated such concerns.
Effect on Bees
Honey bees rank among the most important pollen distributors. They benefit crops ranging from almonds to cherries. Researchers at the LSU AgCenter performed multiple tests to discover how mosquito pesticides affect these insects. They cooperated with beekeepers and scientists from various other states. The Environmental Protection Agency helped fund their research.
One test revealed the impact of mosquito treatments upon bees in local hives. Researchers compared the death rates in areas without regular treatment to those in locales where spraying occurs frequently. They discovered that bees die at the same rate in both zones. The insects also appear to experience similar stress levels. Pest control professionals don’t use high enough concentrations of anti-mosquito insecticides to harm bees.
Another test involved spraying pesticides at enclosures full of honey bees and mosquitoes. The researchers placed some cages closer to the sprayers than others. Although they selected the strongest insecticide concentration allowed by law, none of the bees died. It didn’t even affect bees that were placed only 50 feet away from the spraying equipment. The researchers achieved similar results with six different pesticides.
An LSU AgCenter entomologist commented on the study’s results. She emphasized the importance of pollinators to crop growers and honey producers. The insect expert spoke happily about the discovery that mosquito treatments do not harm honey bees. She also noted that it makes sense to protect people and animals from mosquito-borne diseases if the pesticides don’t kill beneficial insects.
When to Spray
One reason why mosquito insecticides rarely harm pollinators is that pest control companies usually spray them at night. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds normally feed during the daytime hours. They retreat to safer locations in the evening. To protect pollinators, it’s best to avoid spraying before sundown and forgo excessive pesticide concentrations. These treatments have little to no effect on beneficial creatures when professionals use responsible control techniques.
The experts at MosquitoNix Charleston can rid your property of flying pests in two different ways. Our misting systems spray botanical ingredients that cause little harm to the environment. Some of these substances come from geraniums, chrysanthemums or rosemary. Manufacturers put the same ingredients in many cat and dog shampoos. The equipment will also let you schedule spraying sessions at times when pollinators vacate your lawn.
MosquitoNix Charleston performs convenient QuickNix treatments as well. Our staff can visit your home and spray mosquito-infested areas before your next party or cookout. We provide affordable yet effective solutions that protect Georgians from itchy bites and serious illnesses. MosquitoNix has reliably served homeowners and businesses throughout greater Atlanta for over a decade. To banish mosquitoes from your property, please dial 843-619-3033 today.