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Take care to protect bees this fall

From University of Kentucky AgNews

by Aimee Nielson

National attention has focused on the decline of honeybees, but native bumblebee populations are also struggling. Diseases, pesticides, and habitat loss or fragmentation are all plaguing bee populations. UKAg entomologists say native bees need to pick up the slack left by honeybees, but they need some help from farmers and homeowners.

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Insecticide application timing vital to native bee conservation

Many homeowners may grimace at the sight of grubs, caterpillars or other pests lurking in their lawns, but understanding when and how to apply an insecticide to control these pests could have a big impact on native pollinator populations, according to a researcher from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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