Pollinator Safety


Pollinator Safety - Bee


  • Always follow the label instructions and pay special attention to pollinator warnings or precautions.
  • Interrogate Agri-Intel (www.agri-intel.com) for pesticides that are registered for the purposes required; the labels are, however, the final port of call for safety and use instructions.
  • Apply directly to the target plant and ensure minimal spray drift.
  • Apply early evenings when bees have returned to their hives.
  • Communicate with all beekeepers in the area and inform them of planned spray programmes.
  • Scout the area for pollinators before applying.
  • Be aware of spray residues and the amount of time they may still be toxic to bees.
  • Remember that systemic insecticides have long periods of residual activity.
  • Ensure that flowering plants or weeds that are attractive to bees are not in the area of application.
  • Familiarize yourself with the product. Insecticides are the most hazardous to bees while fungicides and plant growth regulators have less impact.
  • Ensure that equipment has been correctly calibrated for the application.
  • Ensure to practice integrated pest management and only apply pesticides when absolutely necessary.


  • Apply directly onto flowers. If no other option exists but to apply pesticides in bloom, do not apply directly onto the flowers.
  • Apply while pollinators are active in the area that needs to be treated. 
  • Apply at night because inversion can prevent successful deposition of pesticides onto the target and cause serious drift.
  • Apply any product that is not registered for the specific crop or application method.
  • Apply during windy conditions, especially if foliar application is the only available option.
  • Mix pesticides with substances that could be a lure for pollinators.
  • Apply pesticides to standing water bodies.


Plant bee-attractive indigenous flora like aloes and fynbos to lure bees away from crop areas where they may be at risk.

Pollinator Safety - Application

Written by: CropLife (www.croplife.co.za

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