Sheffield news Warning over using weedkiller in your garden in summer PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Weedkillers and bug sprays have been the subject of much research

Sheffield news Warning over using weedkiller in your garden in summer PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Weedkillers and bug sprays have been the subject of much research

Sheffield news  Warning over using weedkiller in your garden in summer PremierLeague-News.Com
21 June 2022 - 20:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! As the sun shines and we all get back into the garden, mowing lawns and watering the flowers, gardeners are being urged to take heed of possible risks of using various weedkillers - even ones marked as safe for bees. That's because weedkillers could potentially be harming bee populations directly and indirectly, according to research. Studies on weedkiller have been widespread in the past two decades, though companies insist that they are tested and safe for use in gardens if used in accordance with the labels. Read More: Two 65p plants that stop flies coming into your home in summer But some gardeners are not convinced, and have pointed to several studies that show common weedkillers could be harming vital bee populations. Previously, experts have warned that the loss of bees, wasps, flies and other insects like butterflies and ants - which all help pollinate gardens - could lead to the failure of global food chains. So keeping them from harm is pretty important. Bug sprays and weedkillers could harm bees in your garden The Natural History Museum said: "While plants are pollinated in many different ways, insect-pollinated crop plants such as apples, pears, cucumbers, watermelons and almonds, will become significantly less productive without pollinators, and could fail altogether. "The impact of insect loss goes far beyond our food supplies, however, as animals such as birds which depend on them for food will also be hit." Many commercial weedkillers use glysophate, a herbicide that kills plant life. However, studies have found that it could harm bees as well. A study published in the US in 2018 found: "Exposing bees to glyphosate alters the bee gut community and increases susceptibility to infection by opportunistic pathogens. Understanding how glyphosate impacts bee gut symbionts and bee health will help elucidate a possible role of this chemical in colony decline." Even non-glysophate weedkillers marked as safe for bees might not be, according to some research. A study published in the Journal of Ecology found that a glysophate-free weedkiller still killed 96% of bees exposed to it. Bees are the most important pollinators and a key species in the food chain A study by the Royal College of London said: "Bumblebees sprayed with consumer use weedkiller (contains glyphosate) experienced a shocking 94% mortality..

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.. However, (no glyphosate) was found to kill 96% of exposed pollinators." The Bumblebee Conservation Trust chairman Dave Goulson warned to The Ecologist as far back as 2010: "The use of weedkillers greatly reduces the number of wildflowers and in nearby hedgerows, and that is obviously indirectly harmful to bees. In farming, we need to use the least harmful pesticides and to use them as carefully as possible." Similarly, The Soil Association has warned about the use of bug sprays and insecticides. Neonicotinoids - which are so potent that a single spoonful could kill a million bees - were banned by the EU in 2018 for use in farming, but can still be found in some garden centre bug sprays for use in home gardens. The Soil Association said: "Because they are systemic, these insecticides are taken up into every part of a growing crop. This includes small amounts in the pollen and nectar of flowers – where bees and other pollinators can become exposed to small doses. Whilst these aren’t usually enough to kill outright, they are enough to affect the ability of these insects to survive." A study by the World Health Organisation and the UN concluded it was unlikely to pose a health "risk to humans from exposure through diet". The European Food Safety Authority, the European Chemicals Agency and other organisations also found no link to cancer in humans. For cautious gardeners, though, there's one liquid you can use in your garden that's guaranteed to always be safe: elbow grease. As one member of Beekeepingforum.co.uk said: "The only bee friendly weed killer I use is me, on my hands and knees oiking them out with a hand tool and a knee protector." Read Next: Helen Skelton warned women not to date sports stars in blog five years before heartbreaking split Easyjet crews in Spain to stage nine day strike during height of summer holiday season Joe Lycett reported to police at gig by audience member offended by a joke Read More Related Articles The 65p plants that safely stop flies entering your home in hot weather Read More Related Articles Stark warning not to kill flies and wasps coming into your house this summer

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