Certain weed killers could be harming bee populations
All around the world, news is buzzing. The popular weed killer Roundup could be causing widespread bee deaths around the world, that’s according to a study conducted by the University of Texas.
Ginny Rosenkranz, a University of Maryland Extension Agent said, “I think everyone needs to be aware that whenever they’re using a pesticide whether its an insecticide, a weed killer, a fungicide, all of these have ramifications.”
According to scientists, it’s Roundup’s key ingredient, glyphosate, that’s causing problems. This ingredient can cause bees to lose some beneficial bacteria, making them more susceptible to infection and death.
On top of making bees more susceptible to deadly infections, products containing glyphosate could destroy the precious habitats of bees.
Simon Zebelo, a Professor of Entimology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore said, “Blanket application of glyphosate might harm or might kill all the ways in which bees rely on food shelter.”
Experts say it’s unbelievably important to protect our pollinators as they play a crucial role in our environment.
Rosenkranz said, “I would say at least a third of everything we eat is only available because of the bees helping to pollinate the flowers to make the fruit.”
Zebelo said, “No bees including the wild bee and the domesticated bee means no fruits.”
So if you must use a weed killer, experts say you should avoid applying it during bee’s active hours, which are 10 AM to 3 PM.
Rosenkranz said, “If you’re going to go ahead and spray something a lawn that has a lot of clover or dandelions or anything that’s actually in bloom, then you might want to wait.”
More importantly, scientists recommend you avoid buying weed killers that contain the active ingredient, glyphosate altogether.