Protecting our pollinators

15 December 2017

If you’re using pesticides in your garden over summer, don’t forget that our precious pollinators need help and support to keep our environment blooming.

In New Zealand the EPA protects bees and other pollinators, such as moths, butterflies, hoverflies and birds, by setting the rules around when, how and where insecticides should be used.

These rules apply whether the insecticide is for use in your garden, or in bigger agricultural or horticultural settings. Label information is printed on all insecticides, whether you buy yours at the supermarket, garden centre or trade outlet; whether the product is ‘natural’ (for example, a derris dust or pyrethrin) or created in a laboratory.