Impact on Bees (Source)
Neonicotinoids and coumaphos are two major chemicals that are decreasing our bee population. These two chemicals are found to affect the bees by causing delayed learning and confusion relating to their ability to detect floral scents. The bees' inability to smell floral scents combined with a slower learning process impacts the bee's ability to effectively collect nectar and cross pollinate.
Bees can absorb insecticides when they are directly sprayed by the chemicals or if the chemicals remain as residues on the plants that bees come in contact with. The younger and immature bees are easily affected.
Insecticides also affect the bee population due to the lack of chemical-free habitats, contaminated food sources, and they are also found to increase their susceptibility to disease.
Did You Know?
Canadian Advocates Against Pesticides