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  • Don’t stop short environmental whackos. Cockroaches, fleas, flies and white grubs need your support in trying to ban neonicotinoids.

Don’t stop short environmental whackos. Cockroaches, fleas, flies and white grubs need your support in trying to ban neonicotinoids.

Be successful and cockroaches will rejoice with a cacophony like you’ve never heard. The hordes of 4,000 cockroach species all grating their six hairy legs together in unison in appreciation would be astonishing. Silenced forever would be the clicking of the wings of dying roaches trying to right themselves. They’ll be accompanied by equally massive multitudes of buzzing and sucking flies and fleas.

A “consumer watchdog” outfit with a cutesy moniker — — tried to extort vendors at the Independent Garden Centers Show in Chicago to stop using neonicotinoids to save honeybees.

Ads were purchased on 55 buses in the Chicago metropolitan area to “build awareness” of their foolish effort.

Forget the cute honeybee on a bus. Put a cockroach on the coaches, right below old ladies and children peering out windows at people looking disgustingly at save-the-cockroach photos.

For several years I wrote articles for a Southern California company publication that supplied products to commercial pest control operators who keep homes and businesses free of pest, including restaurants presumably patronized by environmental radicals.

Neonicotinoids are used to control cockroaches. They are not the only way to control roaches, but an important, effective one.

I have written articles about agricultural pest control for decades, but nothing in agriculture compares to what commercial pest control operators relayed about how absolutely nauseating it is to encounter restaurant cockroach infestations.

Flipping on the light in a dark restaurant, and the floors come alive with filthy roaches scurrying to hide, they say. Food not stored properly and water represent the perfect storm for a raging cockroach infestation.

PCOs say the best defense against cockroaches is cleanliness. They also say it is virtually impossible to achieve perfect sanitation in four-star restaurants or dives.

Therefore, ban neonicotinoids and stop the cockroach scampering. Free the roaches to spread disease and allergens. Cockroach allergens are the excrement and debris from decomposing cockroach bodies that become airborne. Sensitivity to this dust triggers asthma.

They also contribute to global warming. Studies have shown that cockroaches break wind on the average of every 15 minutes. Even after death they continue to release methane for up to 18 hours. In a global scale, insect flatulence is estimated to account for 20 percent of all methane emissions.

There would apparently be no problem with these pesticide-banning marauders sharing the dining table with roaches, since they are bent on pesticide banning. However, I wonder how their environmental radicalism would be fare by seeing a half cockroach in the remaining half of an organic sandwich they were eating.

I am not minimizing the importance of maintaining honey bee health against what is a multitude of factors for the serious threat to bees. Pesticides may impact bee health, but banning a pesticide is not the answer. I vote for enhanced product stewardship rather than sharing my dinner with roaches.


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Discuss this Blog Entry 11

on Aug 23, 2013

It seems to me Mr. Cline, that the only extremist radical here Instead of trying to elevate the conversation you reduce it to a silly article (roaches, roaches, roaches, in your food, in your air, everywhere!) where you clearly have an agenda and are perhaps just a shill for the industry. Your mocking and sophomoric comments do nothing to advance the very important conversation on bee hive threats. You conveniently confuse a campaign to reign in the over use of Neonicotinoids in gardening centers with their application in food production operations. Your only real attempt at a suggestion to help solve the problem comes in the very last sentence where you vote for "enhanced product stewardship". Maybe next time you can write a cogent article about what exactly that means and how it would contribute to finding a real solution to the bee die-off problem.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 27, 2013

I clicked on the site link and found the article about the bees and found nothing about limiting sale of neomicotiniods only in gardening centers. If there are others that are not so radical why didn't you link to some? seems to be built mostly on emotion and extreme radical seems to fit.

on Aug 27, 2013

Excellent. The concept that you use a compound for human protection versus use it as a fog for the entire North American land-mass must be alien to Mr. Cline. The idea that "if you get to use it then we get to abuse it" is a very typical conventional Ag mentality. My company used to be a large sized consulting group into conventional Ag for almost 18 years but had to give it up: no one, and I mean no one, was willing to do the right thing versus finding excuses for doing the wrong thing: like tank mix 4-5 even 6 chemicals of the same class together and spray, over-top, your fresh fruits and vegetables. Wonder where "peanut allergies" come from? Not peanuts; the collage of cotton chemicals they use in the rotation with peanuts....cotton one year, peanuts the next in most southern fields. Why? Because as cotton is not a human consumption food the chemicals they can use on them is a list some of the most toxic in the history of mankind.... that is the real "peanut allergy", chemical residual in the soils and irrigation pond waters not the peanuts themselves.
American Ag Motto: "Bad people doing bad things to you and your family in the name of profit."
oh and, "...perhaps just a shill for the industry...." yes, this entire publication and all the contributing authors are, indeed, shills for the Ag chemical and GMO companies who advertise, and contribute, heavily to this and all the related publications.

Jane (not verified)
on Aug 23, 2013

I didn’t know we treated seeds with neonicotinoids to kill roaches! You must work for Croplife America.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 25, 2013

When I read that 'insect 'exhaust' is estimated to account for 20 percent of all methane emissions,' I said to myself, 'well that sounds like BS.' A quick Google check confirmed that indeed, in 15 randomly selected pie charts, no one was willing to give insects credit for more than 7.7% of methane emissions. And of those, the vast majority of the sources specified termites as the insect of interest, which I'm sure even you can agree are a far cry from the cockroach. Please, before posting 'timely reliable information,' perform even the most basic attempt at a fact check, or else the whole article is rightly discredited by one sentence.

Johnny Dangereaux (not verified)
on Aug 27, 2013

So there are other methods of killing roaches besides neonicotinoids eh?
Problem is, they don't make Bayer money honey! Hahahaha!
Come to think of it, DDT was pretty effective,let's bring that back....and who needs a Bald Eagle anyway?

Buck6 (not verified)
on Aug 27, 2013

I was in the Pest Control business and I can tell you for certain that no customer I ever asked "how should I mix it ? At the low recomemded level or at the highest level ? " and the answer returned more that 9 out of 10 times was. "Can you double it or triple it ? " and this was from the Eco Palo Alto bunch. So sorry Lucas, Jane , anonymous, and Johnny. But your Hippocrate's

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 27, 2013


You are probably right that Mr Kline's response did not put adequate weight to the bee kill problem. And it seems that you may not be radical like appears to be. I went to their site and found a lot of emotionalism and nothing that indicated that they were only talking about garden center sales of this pesticide.

John Goit (not verified)
on Aug 27, 2013

What was used to kill cockroaches before neonics? Too many indicators pointing to neonics as cause of bee die off to at least suspend their use until more is known. No bees = no food!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 30, 2013

“Pesticides may impact bee health, but banning a pesticide is not the answer”. This is an asinine statement, if a pesticide has been identified as posing a high risk to bees as with neonicotinoids, it should be banned immediately.

yu xuan (not verified)
on Oct 31, 2013

How to save a cockroach?

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