Pollinator BMPs

Pest Management Practices

  • Follow label information directing the application of pesticide when the plant may be in bloom and follow all BMPs to avoid impacting pollinators.
  • Inform nearby beekeepers in advance of applying pesticides so they have the option of moving their hives.
  • Use drift reduction methods to stay on target by using the latest spray technologies, such as drift-reduction nozzles to prevent off-site translocation of pesticide, use backpack sprayers when possible, and monitor wind to reduce drift.
  • Do not apply pesticides when pollinators are active. (Spray at night or in early morning/late evening and when air is calm.)
  • Before applying a pesticide, scout the area for both harmful and beneficial insect populations, and use pesticides only when populations present exceed a damage threshold.
  • If flowering weeds are prevalent, mow or remove them before applying pesticides.
  • Use pesticides that have a lower impact on pollinators.
  • Avoid applications during unusually low temperatures or when dew is present or forecast.
  • When possible, use spray or granular formulations of pesticides that are known to be less hazardous to bees (e.g., wettable powders).
  • Reduce planting dust from treated seeds: Use wax treated seeds, use deflectors on machinery, and be aware of dry/windy conditions.
  • Follow irrigation instructions carefully to ensure pesticides are washed from foliage into soil. In addition, non-ionic surfactant can help reduce the potential for drift.
  • Consider the use of biologicals (e.g., entomopathogens) and bio-based lures, baits, and pheromones as alternatives to insecticides for pest management.

Preserving and Enhancing Habitat

  • Utilize native species when renovating out-of-play areas.
  • Choose flowers of different shapes, sizes, and colors.
  • Choose species that bloom at different times of the year.
  • Include both perennials and annuals in native plant areas.
  • Choose south-facing sites whenever possible for establishing native areas.
  • Leave stems and coarse, woody debris in native areas for pollinator nesting.
  • Leave exposed patches of well-drained soil in native areas for pollinator nesting.