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Beekeeping Handouts

Protecting bees from pesticidesProtecting Bees from Pesticides

Know what to look for when checking pesticide labels for insecticides that can harm pollinators, especially bees. Find out about the insecticides that are most toxic to honey bees, bumble bees, and native solitary bees. Also find 10 ways that individuals can help protect bees. Includes several online sources of information.

Protecting Bees in IowaProtecting bees in Iowa

Beekeepers and commercial pesticide applicators play important roles in protecting Iowa's bees. This publication outlines actions both groups can take to reduce the risks to bees that benefit Iowa's agroecosystem.

The Sweet Lives of Honey BeesThe sweet lives of honey bees handout

This colorful, interactive infographic provides a look into the life of a honey bee. Beekeeper Ben guides readers through information on beehives, types of honey bees, bee jobs, planting flowers for bees and harvesting honey. 

Created through a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Honey Producers Association.

Toxicity of common lawn, garden, and ornamental pesticides in Iowa handoutToxicity of Common Lawn, Garden, and Ornamental Pesticides in Iowa

Pesticides are toxic to target pests, but can also cause potential harm to the applicator or the environment. This publication discusses how to understand a pesticide label, its toxicity and whether it could be toxic to bees. It also contains table that provide information on commonly used insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.