Pesticides are commonly used in urban and agricultural environments to kill invertebrate pests, diseases, and weeds. However, many pesticides – including insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides – harm pollinators and other beneficial insects. Over-the-counter garden products are toxic to pollinators. 

Exposure to pesticides can also compound the effects of other stressors on pollinator populations, such as loss of habitat and exposure to pathogens and diseases. 

Pesticide contamination is widespread. Studies show more than 90% of pollen samples from bee hives in agricultural landscapes and more than 90% of stream samples are contaminated with more than one pesticide.


Do not use any product that includes these ingredients:

  • Imidacloprid
  • Clothianidin
  • Thiamethoxam
  • Acetamiprid
  • Malathion
  • Carbaryl
  • 2, 4-D
  • Bifenthrin
  • Fipronil

Pesticide Garden Product Trademark Names

  • Bayer Advanced 3-in-1 Insect, Disease, & Mite Control
  • Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree & Shrub Insect Control
  • Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed
  • Bayer Advanced Fruit, Citrus & Vegetable Insect Control
  • Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose & Flower Care Concentrate
  • Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose & Flower Granules
  • DIY Tree Care Products Multi-Insect Killer
  • Ferti-lome 2-N-1 Systemic
  • Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray
  • Green Light Tree & Shrub Insect Control with Safari 2 G
  • Ortho Bub B Gone Year-Long Tree & Shrub Insect Control
  • Ortho MAX Tree & Shrub Insect Control
  • Ortho Flower, Fruit, and Vegetable Insect Killer
  • Ortho Rose and Flower Insect Killer
  • Ortho MAX Malathion Insect Spray Concentrate
  • Hunter
  • Knockout Ready-To-Use Grub Killer


  • Lesco Bandit
  • Marathon
  • Merit
  • Monterey Once a Year Insect Control II
  • Surrender Brand GrubZ Out
  • Green Light Grub Control with Arena
  • Flagship
  • Maxide Dual Action Insect Killer
  • Meridian
  • Safari
  • Transect
  • Zylam 20SG Systemic Turf Insecticide
  • Sevin Dust
  • Malathion
  • Ortho Weed B Gon
  • Scotts Lawn Pro
  • Bayer Advanced 2,4-D