HONEY BEES & INSECTICIDES
The Home Depot is deeply engaged in understanding the relationship of the use of certain insecticides on our live goods and the decline in the honey-bee population. We continue to seek scientific facts on the effects of our products on bee health, because we are committed to safeguarding the health of these critical pollinators.
We have been in communication with the EPA, insecticide industry and our suppliers to understand the science and monitor the research. We are encouraged by the improvements in the colony collapse disorder data and support the White House’s Pollinator Health Task Force. We will continue to expand our customer education on pollinator friendly gardens.
Our live goods suppliers have reduced the number of plants that they treat with neonicotinoids, so that now over 80% of our flowering plants are not treated with neonicotinoids. We will continue this decrease unless,
1) it is required by state or federal regulation, or
2) undisputed science proves that the use of neonicotinoids on our live goods does not have a lethal or sub lethal effect on pollinators. Otherwise we will have a complete phase-out of neonicotinoid use on our live goods by the end of 2018.
We’re glad to provide customers with alternative products for their insecticide needs and carry many of those alternatives in our stores and on-line.
View a List of Related Insecticides
We require all of our live good suppliers to label plants that they have treated with neonicotinoids.
We welcome your feedback, so if you’d like to let us know what you think, write to us at Eco_OptionsUSA@HomeDepot.com.