Preventing Pollinator Poisoning

Preventing Pollinator Poisoning


Pesticides can have both lethal and sublethal impacts on managed and wild pollinators. Pollinators can be exposed to pesticides by walking or flying in sprayed areas, or consuming contaminated food or water. In honey bee hives, foragers returning to the hive with contaminated food and water can expose the queen, the brood and younger workers. Pesticides can become “concentrated” in the hive’s wax, stored pollen and nectar, and in the bodies of adults and brood. There are several practices that the beekeepers and spray applicator can do, to protect pollinators. This page contains resources for beekeepers, farmers, and spray applicators to use to help ensure the health of local honey bees and other pollinators.


BMPS for foliar application

Download BMPs for Foliar Application- click here

Draft Letter to Municipality to request ditches/wild forage be left un-mowed/unsprayed. – Letter to Municipality – Reserve Forage

Protecting Honey Bees in Production Agriculture MODULE – click here

Best Management Practices for Pollinator Protection in Canola Fields (U.S. Canola Association in Partnership with the Honey Bee Health Coalition) – click here

Practices to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Agricultural Pesticides (Pollinator Partnership of Canada) – click here

Pollinator Protection (Government Canada) – click here