Neonicotinoids: A  Snapshot

Here is a brief snapshot of neonicotinoids.  There are already many resources concerning neonicotinoids on this site, and I will be adding further resources to this and other pages in the future.

Neonicotinoid insecticides active ingredients list:

These are the active ingredients:







Note: 'nest generation' neonicotinoids are being added to this list - read about Sulfoxaflor and others.

Garden insecticides containing neonicotinoids

These may vary by country, and in addition, products may change/switch from one neonicotinoid to another.

However, if you wish to avoid neonicotinoids, I recommend you check the labels for the active ingredient, and especially for the following brand names:

  • Provado,
  • BugClear,
  • Valliant,
  • Bug Attack,
  • Westland Plant Rescue,
  • Multi-rose Bug Killer,
  • Roseclear.

Tips for avoiding neonicotinoids in your garden

  • Think twice about using vine weevil killers, and always check the label!
  • There may be other brands containing neonicotinoids, some less well known.  Be sure to check the ingredient.
  • Similarily, check lawn treatment products and fencing treatments/preservatives.

More About Neonicotinoids In Your Garden

Unfortunately, plants labelled as ‘Bee-Friendly’ when you buy them from the garden centre, home store or nursery, or even supermarket, may actually pose a threat to bees if they have been treated with neonicotinoids. 

Neonicotinoids are often used in the horticulture industry, and plants and bulbs are sometimes treated with neonicotinoids.  What you therefore end up with is a plant that poisons bees and other pollinators when it flowers.

  This is a very sad state of affairs.  I recommend you:

  • Grow from seed when you can (use uncoated seeds.  Coated seeds may be pinkish in appearance)

  • Buy from an organic supplier (in my view, especially important for bulbs, I think), or only from a retailer who guarantees they have banned all neonicotinoid treated plants from sale (for ALL groups of neonicotinoids – some retailers have restricted only some of them).

  • Swap with other gardeners you trust, especially older stock.

 Who manufactures neonicotinoids?

There are a number of manufacturers, including generic manufacturers.

This list of major manufacturers of neonicotinoids includes:

Thiacloprid – Bayer CropScience

Clothianidin – Sumitomo Chemicals/Bayer CropScience

Imidacloprid - Bayer CropScience

Thiamethoxam - Syngenta

Dinetofuron – Mitsui Chemicals

Acetamiprid – Nippon Soda

Nitenpyram – Sumitomo Chemicals

Sulfoxaflor – Dow Agrosciences

Agricultural products containing neonicotinoids

Imidacloprid - Bayer CropScience
Products: Confidor, Admire, Advocate, Gaucho

Clothianidin – Sumitomo Chemicals/Bayer CropScience
Products: Poncho, Platinum, Cruiser

Thiacloprid – Bayer CropScience
Products: Calypso

Thiamethoxam – Syngenta
Products: Actara, Platinum, Cruiser

Dinetofuron – Mitsui Chemicals
Products: Starkle, Safari, Venom

Acetamiprid – Nippon Soda
Products: Mospilan, Assail, ChipcoTristar

Nitenpyram – Sumitomo Chemicals
Products: Capstar, Bestguard

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