Pesticides don’t make friends

Not everyone is in love with the City Council-endorsed idea of widespread pesticide use as a way of combating the spread of the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

According to a release from the SafeLawns Foundation and the Toxics Action Center, imidacloprid has been banned as a soil drench in France and Germany due to its negative effect on honey bees.  The groups are urging the city and the USDA to directly inject affected trees, rather than use everywhere.

The nicotine-related Imidacloprid is actually a fairly common pesticide, and is used in agricultural pest control as well as in flea control for animals, mostly due to its reported low toxicity.

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