Become a Label Ninja Today – Labelling Insecticides to inform the consumer.
It’s been my experience that the consumer buying public don’t realise that Insecticides bought at the supermarket or hardware store could be harming Honey Bees and other Pollinators in their gardens. These are probably the same Gardeners that complain that they never see bees anymore.
Who do you know who researches a Insecticide before buying it? Or even reads the label. Well other than us beekeepers that is 🙂
Help consumers out, and Save the Bees, Label those Insecticides!!!!
Well here is an idea that is set to help this problem and how you help to make it happen, a bit of crafty work and some ninja shopping to make it all come together.
I propose we label all bottles of Insecticides we find, not with a sticker but a tag that can be removed. We don’t want to be accursed or detained by vandalising products do we?
My hope is that this idea will spread and we will see these little labels on all Insecticides linked to bee and pollinator deaths.Bee the change you want to see in the world...Become a Label Ninja Today...GhandiClick To Tweet
Stage 1 – What do you need to get started
Stage 2 – Here's how you make the labels
- Print out the labels on paper
- Cut the Labels out
- Put a hole in the top left of the label
- Put the string through the hold and tie the string with a loop.
Now put some labels in your wallet or purse for stage 3.My fellow Beekeepers, ask not what your Bees can do for you, ask what you can do for your Bees. John F. Beennedy #LabNinjaClick To Tweet
Stage 3 – How do you add them to Insecticides bottles
- Find a retailer that sells Neonicotinoids or Glosphate based pesticide
*** See Below for New Zealand stores
Finding Retailers that sell Neonicotinoids or Glosphate products
In 2013 with the help of Green MP Steffan Browning. The Warehouse and Placemakers agreed to stop carrying the bee-killing neonicotinoids. Other stores like Mitre10, Bunnings still carry this class of insecticide.
Some commercial products that contain Neonicotinoids or Glyphosate in New Zealand:-
- Yates Confidor Garden Insecticide – Imidacloprid
- Yates Rose Gun Advanced – Imidacloprid
- Confidor Insecticide Ready To Use – Imidacloprid
- Roundup – Glyphosate
- Yates Zero – Glyphosate
- Kiwicare Weed Weapon Extra Strength – Glyphosate
- Kiwicare Rose Force & Insect Hit – Thiacloprid
- Number 8 Weed killing range – Glyphosate
Shops that carry these
- Hammer Hardware
- Mitre 10
- Placemakers * Still selling Glyphosate products
- The Warehouse * Still selling Glyphosate products
- New World
- Decor Gardenworld
- Oderings Nurseries
- Springvale Garden Centre
- Kings Plant Barn
- Garden Depot
- Southside Garden Centre
*** Ninja's if you find any of these stores no longer sell these products, please let us know and we will remove them from this list ***
Ninja Skills needed
- Find the aisle that says insecticides or Pesticides, put a label in your hand.
- Casually grab the bottle read the ingredients, check what’s in it.
- Place the label on the bottle, watch out for shelve stackers or Bayer Sales Reps.
- Walk away and smile, you may have just saved a colony of bees.
Have some fun with this, but check your local laws. I’m sure your ninja skills will help you get away with your labelling.
If your efforts save one colony of bees or pollinators then your effort will be well worth it.
Go forth and become a label Ninja today!!!!
Email us some photos of your efforts, we will create a gallery here for others to enjoy.
Some Reader Photos
References and Further Reader
- Effects of sublethal doses of glyphosate on honeybee navigation
- Is Roundup the Toxic Chemical That’s Making Us All Sick?
- Bee Decline factsheet
- Controversial pesticides can decimate honey bees, large study finds
- Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs