As PMP reported Jan. 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid. What follows is a statement from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) about the possible impact this primarily agricultural-focused announcement might have on the professional pest management industry:
We are aware and are closely following EPA’s preliminary ecological risk assessment the agricultural uses of imidacloprid. The National Pest Management Association has been at the forefront of the pollinator health issue, working with EPA, Members of Congress, and also the general public about pollinators and is working to be a part of the solution. We will remain engaged with EPA regarding structural pest control uses for all active ingredients, including imidacloprid, and we continue to stress the industry position that structural use patterns pose little risk to bees because pollinator exposure is extremely rare when used in accordance with labeled structural application patterns.