Pollinators are important for food production and healthy ecosystems, and a decline in their populations affects us all. One of the challenges insect pollinators face is exposure to insecticides. Insecticide applications are an important management tool in controlling pest populations. Their use, however, comes with the responsibility to follow the label and select a product that will best control the target pest, while minimizing harm to humans and the environment. The relative toxicity of insecticides to pollinators, such as the honey bee (Apis mellifera), is important knowledge when chemical control tactics are being considered for managing pests. The Bee Toxicity Table provides an overview of the lethal dose for each insecticide which results in 50% mortality to honey bees in the test population (also known as the LD50).
* Refers to LD50 value of a length other than 48 hours; different values may be published in literature; values from Regional IPM Centers website using EPA Ecotoxicity Database Reference to trade names does not imply endorsement by the MDA; list is based on products sold in Minnesota and does not include all product names or information.