Neonics are a systemic insecticide used to kill pests. Unfortunately they also kill beneficial insects as well. Neonics cause a wide variety of problems. Bees, butterflies & humming birds, to name a few, are very important pollinators effected by Neonics. Many bees are suffering from what is known as colony collapse. This is a direct result of Neonic use.
At Bernacchi's Oak Valley we use beneficial insects to combat pests instead of systemic insecticides. In the photo you will see baby praying mantis recently hatched. They will soon be part of our arsenal, eating aphids and mites by the thousands! Other beneficial insects we most commonly use are Lace Wings & Ladybugs.
Making the change to no longer use Neonics has not been easy, but we are very pleased with the results and happy to know that our plants will benefit the pollinators and therefore help your garden be the best it can be.