Neonicotinoid Pesticides: Please Avoid Them

By Russ Schipper
Neonicotinoid pesticides are very effective at killing insect pests. They are also very effective at harming or killing birds that eat the fruit, seeds, or insects that have fed on a “protected” plant. Some companies, such as The Scotts Company, are phasing them out, but as you can see from this comprehensive list from the American Bird Conservancy, they are still widely available. Please avoid them.
12 Month Tree & Shrub Insect Control Landscape Formula
12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed (Concentrate)
12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed (Granules)
12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed II (Granules)
12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed II (Granules)
2-In-1 Insect Control Plus Fertilizer Plant Spikes
2-In-1 Systemic Rose & Flower Care
3-In-1 Insect, Disease & Mite Control (Ready-to-Spray)
3-In-1 Insect, Disease & Mite Control (Ready-to-Use and
Concentrate)
All-In-One Rose & Flower Care
All-In-One Rose & Flower Care Granules
ALOFT® Gc Sc Insecticide
ALOFT® Lc G Insecticide
ALOFT® Lc Sc Insecticide
ARENA® .25 G Insecticide
ARENA® 50 WDG Insecticide
Complete Brand Insect Killer For Soil & Turf (Granules)
Complete Brand Insect Killer For Soil & Turf (Ready-to-
Spray and Concentrate)
Criterion™ 0.5 G
Criterion™ 2F Insecticide
Criterion™ 75 WSP Systemic Insecticide
DIY Tree Care Products Multi-Insect Killer
Dual Action Rose & Flower Insect Killer
Ferti-lome® 2-N-1 Systemic
Flagship™ 0.22 G
Flagship™ 25 WG
Fruit, Citrus & Vegetable Insect Control
Green Light® Grub Control with Arena® Insecticide
Green Light® Tree & Shrub Insect Control with Safari® 2 G
Insecticide
Hi-Yield® Systemic Insect Spray
Hunter .5 G Insecticide
Hunter 75 WSP Insecticide
Knockout Ready-to-Use Grub Killer Granules
Lesco Bandit 2F Insecticide
Lesco Bandit Insecticide 0.5 G
Lesco Bandit Insecticide 75 WSP
Mallet® 0.5 G Insecticide
Mallet® 2 F T&O Insecticide
Mallet® 75 WSP Insecticide
Marathon® 1% Granular
Marathon® 60 WP
Marathon® II
Maxide® Dual Action Insect Killer Concentrate
Maxide® Dual Action Insect Killer Granules
Meridian® 0.33 G
Meridian® 25 WG
Merit® 0.5 G
Merit® 2 F
Merit® 75 WP Insecticide
Merit® 75 WSP Insecticide
Merit® Tree Injection
Monterey Once A Year Insect Control
Monterey Once A Year Insect Control II
Ortho® Bug B Gon® Year-Long Tree & Shrub Insect
Control
Ortho® Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Insect Killer
Ortho® MAX® Tree & Shrub Insect Control Ready-to-
Spray
Ortho® Rose & Flower Insect Killer
Safari 2 G Insecticide
Safari 20 SG Insecticide
Season Long Grub Control Plus Turf Revitalizer
Season-Long Grub Control
Surrender® GrubZ Out
Termite Killer Granules
Transtect™ 70WSP Insecticide
Xytect™ 2F Insecticide
Xytect™ 75WSP Insecticide
Xytect™ Infusible
Zylam® 20 SG Systemic Turf Insecticide