Garden pesticides

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been linked to the dramatic collapse in bee numbers over the last decade, which is why we'd like to see them banned in the UK. However, they are not only found on farms. Many domestic gardening products on sale in hardware stores and garden centres also contain these chemicals. We've identified some of the commonest products containing these pesticides, and anything in the table below should be avoided. This list isn't exhaustive but illustrates how easy it is for consumers to unwittingly buy and start spreading these chemicals around their gardens.

If you're buying any kind of pest control check the ingredients – anything that contains acetamiprid, imidacloprid, thiacloprid or thiamethoxam should be avoided. On the back of our research we've also written to retailers, asking them to withdraw this type of pesticide from their shelves. You can read our letters here, and if you see this type of product in your local store feel free to borrow the text to contact them directly.

Bee killers – the following products contain neonicotinoids

Product Neonicotinoid Shops Websites
Westland Plant Rescue Bug Killer Thiamethoxam Wickes
Provado Vine Weevil Killer Thiacloprid B&Q Homebase Wilkinson
Bug Clear Ultra Vine Weevil Killer Acetamiprid B&Q
Bug Clear Gun! Acetamiprid Homebase B&Q
Provado Ultimate Bug Killer Spray Thiacloprid Wilkinson Homebase
Provado Ultimate Bug Killer Ready to Use Thiacloprid Wilkinson Homebase
Provado Ultimate Bug Killer Concentrate Thiacloprid Wilkinson Homebase

Details in the table were correct in January 2013.