Killing Me Softly: Neonicotinoid's, The Silent Killer
I was looking at the back of some flea repellent because I am trying to keep fleas out of my house to save my cat Sassy from suffering.. poor Sassy lol...I wanted to see if there was anything that was safe for indoors and would not cause any harm to the surroundings **lolol like that's possible**. I did not find what I was looking for unfortunately but what I did find on the back of the bottle I was looking at was a chemical called Imidacloprid.
Imidacloprid is a neonicotinoid, which if you do not know what that is, just break the word down into the following sections; neo "new" nicotin "nicotine" oid "like". Essentially it is a **new nictotine like substance** that was created as a supposedly safer alternative to "mammals and the environment" than nicotine, which was also used as a pesticide. Imidacloprid is the most widely used insecticide in the world and has a half life of 3 years inside of a plant. That means, if your plant was treated with this insecticide, you will essentially never have a pure plant again, except for the offspring. To make it worse, some plants that are marketed for "helping bees pollinate" are coated with this chemical. Anyways, fun facts. I'm a nerd. Here is an article if you are interested. Be sure to check some other sources though, this one is just a .com source. Not exactly the most accurate.
Please feel free to add to this. Post links to more interesting information in the comments. Perhaps, we can spread awareness on the subject and save our adorable little bees, so they can keep helping plants have sex lol. Plants need a third partner and bees are their little helpers. buzz buzz..
- Andrew Holm