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And in May 2008 in Germany one of these "wonderful" neonicotinoids was responsible for the one of the biggest losses of beehives of the last 60 years. More than 11.500 hives died because of this poison.
It is important to note that all pesticides are subjected to bee toxicity studies before they can be registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The honey bee acute contact toxicity test is routinely conducted and in certain instances, additional field tests may be conducted to better understand potential hazards. With that said, the most important thing to remember is that all insecticides, including thiamethoxam, should be used strictly according to the label instructions. The label clearly states that thiamethoxam is highly toxic to bees and therefore provides specific guidelines for growers and applicators. Following these label guidelines is the best way to protect bees from insecticide risks.