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Pollinators Protection Program

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:31 am

The Northern Neck Master Gardeners invites Dr. Tim McCoy, Virginia Cooperative Extension Associate with Virginia Tech’s Department of Entomology to participate in their July 11 meeting at the Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett Tavern’s Transportation Building in Heathsville.

McCoy, will talk about how to use insecticides without harming pollinating insects such as bees.

Bees aren’t the only insects that pollinate flowers and other plants, Trent Jones of the Northumberland Agricultural Extension Office said Friday. Neither are they the only ones that can be killed by the improper use of pesticides. McCoy will talk about the states “Pollinator Protection Program,” part of a national effort to mitigate the effects of pesticides on pollinators.

McCoy will talk about the program and research findings on the effects of pesticides, particularly on native bees. He will also advise those at the meeting about how help pollinators thrive.

During most of his 16 years at Virginia Tech, McCoy’s specialty was urban entomology,understanding and controlling insects such as bed bugs, cockroaches, and termites. He is glad his focus has changed. “I’m decidedly grateful that I now get to talk about bees,” he noted.

In addition to pesticide use, McCoy will talk about habitat protection for pollinators.

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 7/17/19