Bees, both honeybees and natives species like bumblebees, are in serious trouble. Their populations are plummeting. Although a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids has long been suspected to be a major cause of the problem, that is now undisputed.
It is true that habitat loss and other pesticides are also impacting pollinator populations, but these nicotine-based chemicals provide the most serious threat. Neonicotinoids include our most frequently used landscape insecticide (Imidacloprid), and many nursery plants are pre-treated with them.
Print this list of common garden products that contain neonicotinoids, take the list with you when you shop and don't buy these products!