Hummingbirds and Insecticides and maybe Fertilizers

Hummingbirds and Insecticides and maybe Fertilizers

Joined: March 28th, 2013, 3:36 pm

April 19th, 2017, 6:29 pm #1

The Western Hummingbird Partnership just forwarded this info to me and I am doing the same.

http://www.westernhummingbird.org/index ... dium=email

Please be cognizant about what chemicals you are using on your flowers. What goes into the soil may be present in the nectar.
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Joined: May 22nd, 2008, 11:02 am

April 22nd, 2017, 9:59 pm #2

I don't use any pesticides around my hummingbird plants - or in my lawn, for that matter. I let nature take it's course. I do fertilize a little and will read that document for advice on that.
Wilmington, Delaware (USDA Zone 7a)
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Joined: May 18th, 2013, 9:33 pm

April 23rd, 2017, 1:05 am #3

The Western Hummingbird Partnership just forwarded this info to me and I am doing the same.

http://www.westernhummingbird.org/index ... dium=email

Please be cognizant about what chemicals you are using on your flowers. What goes into the soil may be present in the nectar.
I dont use any chemicals either . About 3 yrs ago I started changing to being as organic as I can using compost and worm castings. The only spray I use is neem oil for aphids and it is supposedly organic and I dont use it often usually just a jet spray of water, just depends.
Steve W.
Martinsville IN.
Zone 6
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Joined: June 21st, 2006, 1:24 pm

April 23rd, 2017, 2:08 am #4

The Western Hummingbird Partnership just forwarded this info to me and I am doing the same.

http://www.westernhummingbird.org/index ... dium=email

Please be cognizant about what chemicals you are using on your flowers. What goes into the soil may be present in the nectar.
We don't use any insecticides in our yard at all, as these could pose dangers for hummingbirds and other wildlife.

However, we do use a "Bloom Booster" fertilizer because we struggle getting tender plants to bloom here with our cool summers and fertile soil (which encourages leaf growth, but not flower development.) We have been doing this for years and our hummingbirds have been fine.

Additionally, we feel that insecticide use kills all of the small, gnat-like insects that hummingbirds depend on for survival.

We certainly reinforce these concepts in our "Gardening for Hummingbirds" program as well.
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Joined: May 22nd, 2008, 11:02 am

April 23rd, 2017, 12:06 pm #5

The Western Hummingbird Partnership just forwarded this info to me and I am doing the same.

http://www.westernhummingbird.org/index ... dium=email

Please be cognizant about what chemicals you are using on your flowers. What goes into the soil may be present in the nectar.
Great minds think alike! I do a 1-hour workshop on "Attracting Hummingbirds", for master gardener volunteer requirements and I also recommend using no pesticides in a hummingbird/pollinator gardens. And I do mention using a shot of "Bloom Booster" type fertilizers, as an option for a late summer feeding (along with some pruning / dead-heading), to get a (Labor Day time frame) re-bloom in time for migration.

BTW, I got my first visitor to my hummingbird feeder... an American Goldfinch, coming to use the ant moat! But no hummer seen yet... (I think my earliest has been April 25)
Wilmington, Delaware (USDA Zone 7a)
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Joined: August 23rd, 2006, 5:48 am

April 25th, 2017, 4:08 pm #6

The Western Hummingbird Partnership just forwarded this info to me and I am doing the same.

http://www.westernhummingbird.org/index ... dium=email

Please be cognizant about what chemicals you are using on your flowers. What goes into the soil may be present in the nectar.
Don't assume that everything organic is safe.... nor that non-organic is always harmful. I don't know why we have been conditioned to think this way... perhaps marketing. "Organic" and "chemical" are different things... not opposite things.
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Joined: February 20th, 2014, 11:41 pm

April 25th, 2017, 4:56 pm #7

The Western Hummingbird Partnership just forwarded this info to me and I am doing the same.

http://www.westernhummingbird.org/index ... dium=email

Please be cognizant about what chemicals you are using on your flowers. What goes into the soil may be present in the nectar.
I too use bloom boost for a lot of my flowers. This year I started using fish emulsion as well, especially for my veges.
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Joined: August 21st, 2012, 2:43 pm

April 25th, 2017, 8:51 pm #8

The Western Hummingbird Partnership just forwarded this info to me and I am doing the same.

http://www.westernhummingbird.org/index ... dium=email

Please be cognizant about what chemicals you are using on your flowers. What goes into the soil may be present in the nectar.
Every Hummingbird friendly gardener that uses insecticides or pesticides on flowering plants should be aware of the possible dangers to the hummers.
I don't allow any in my yard but I even have misgivings about the possible affects of soap sprays, which I use.

Lisa Tells studies may be of interest but I'm not sure what else her study has provided other than the "presence of insecticides".

It would be nice if the study provided some in depth range of values observed and if they fall in the range of values of concern.
I wouldn't make much of her study but wonder how she found "internal" evidence? Was an necropsy performed?

We have learned over the years that insecticides can be harmful to just about every living organism but Lisa Tells study does not show that it is harmful to hummingbirds. Before I get too upset and agitated I would suggest we get more information and refrain from using insecticides anywhere in the areas that our hummers frequent, especially their favorite flowers!
Joe M.
Lakeland, FL
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Joined: May 21st, 2013, 12:09 am

April 25th, 2017, 10:47 pm #9

The Western Hummingbird Partnership just forwarded this info to me and I am doing the same.

http://www.westernhummingbird.org/index ... dium=email

Please be cognizant about what chemicals you are using on your flowers. What goes into the soil may be present in the nectar.
Do we really know if any of these substances actually harm hummingbirds? There are probably other creatures for whom the risk is likely greater. We can't change the world but we can keep these thing in mind when it comes to us. The risks don't seem worth it. Our job as gardens is to decide what works where we are, get the garden planted and keep the weeds down. The rest is up to the plants. Bugs be damned.
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