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Hummingbirds and Insecticides and maybe Fertilizers

April 19 2017 at 2:29 PM
Douglas  (Login DouglasE)
Hummingbird lover 2013

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

http://www.westernhummingbird.org/index.php?page=hummingbirds-and-insecticides&utm_source=April+2017+&utm_campaign=April+Newsletter+2017&utm_medium=email

Please be cognizant about what chemicals you are using on your flowers. What goes into the soil may be present in the nectar.
Douglas y Cynthia
Tucson


    
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Ron
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Hummingbirds and Insecticides and maybe Fertilizers

April 22 2017, 5:59 PM 

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
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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Hummingbirds and Insecticides and maybe Fertilizers

April 22 2017, 9:05 PM 

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
Martinsville In.
Zone 6

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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Hummingbird Member 2006

Re: Hummingbirds and Insecticides and maybe Fertilizers

April 22 2017, 10:08 PM 

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.
Michael and Kathi Rock
Madison, WI
Zone 5

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