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27 August 2014

Garden pesticides

"Natural" shouldn't be mistaken for "safe" when it comes to garden pesticides.

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Thorsten S.
21 Sep 2014
pesticide article does not offer alternatives

The article indicating pesticides that are going to be banned was not as useful as it could have been. I try and grow raspberries but the native raspberry bud moth tries to prevent any fruit forming very effectively. I could not find anything that would protect my plants except carbaryl and the web was useless ( maybe because this is a specifically NZ problem- Australia has banned importation of NZ fruit because of this moth. To save people stockpiling!!! there is an effective spray which is only toxic to bees if you spray them directly- made by Yates the chemical name is Success Naturalyte containing 10g/litre spinosad in the form of a suspension concentrate. It's made from naturally existing biological compound. I found out finally by phoning a senior member of the nz fruit growers association who were very helpful. Suggest Consumer write a follow up article with realistic alternatives rather than only suggesting "healthier ways of growing plants which is of course important but may not suffice.

good luck!

Andrew D.
08 Sep 2014
Confidor is not as benign as your article suggests

Confidor is a neonicotinoid product and there is evidence that it is extremely toxic to bees. Throughout the world there are moves afoot to have it banned. I would have had a lot more confidence in your article if this had at least been mentioned. Readers can check it out online, e.g. http://kiwimana.co.nz/neonicotinoids-available-now-at-your-garden-centre/ (but there are plenty of other websites).

Previous member
09 Sep 2014
Re: Confidor is not as benign as your article suggests

Hello Andrew,

Please see our article on bees and insecticides which discusses the issue - https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/bees-and-insecticides

Richard - Consumer NZ staff.