Confidor

Update on Yates Confidor

We’re aware of the decision made by Australian retailers to stop selling all products that contain neonicotinoids including Confidor and other market wide brands by the end of 2018, and we are working with them through this transition.

Whilst we have no direct systemic insecticide alternative for these neonicotinoid products, we have a wide range of alternative contact pest products to meet different consumer needs including Nature’s Way brand of organic and natural solutions or other highly effective Yates brand solutions (such as Yates Pyrethrum).

Neonicotinoid based products are approved for use in Australia by the relevant regulator – the Australian Pest and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) – who continue to monitor the latest science in regards to this issue. To date, they have found no data to substantiate the claim that they are harmful to bees, when correctly used. They confirmed this position as recently as 12 January 2018. For more information on this, please visit: https://apvma.gov.au/node/28786

Neonicotinoid products, such as Confidor have been used in Australian gardens for over 20 years and there has been no reduction in the Australian bee population over that time. The current scientific opinion is that where bee populations have declined in other countries, it is likely to be caused by multiple interacting factors, including the varroa destructor mite, which is not present in Australia.

It’s important to understand that most insecticides, including organics, can be harmful to bees if they are sprayed directly on bees, so Yates’ labels give guidance to gardeners on how to use products responsibly.

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