|New Survey Shows Protecting Honeybees And Other Pollinators Is A Major Concern Among Americans|
Ortho Works to Help Gardeners Increase Pollinator Habitats In Their Own Backyard During National Pollinator Week: June 19-25
MARYSVILLE, Ohio, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey commissioned by Ortho, the nation's leading brand of garden control products and the first national lawn and garden brand with a pledge to promote pollinator health, shows the majority of Americans (69 percent) recognize pollinator populations are in decline, but many don't know what to do to help.
"The loss of habitats plays a large part in the declining population of pollinators. That's why we're encouraging individuals and communities to plant gardens that attract and feed these insects," said Tim Martin, Vice President & General Manager, Ortho. "It's important to practice responsible pest management while maintaining gardens, and this new survey shows that homeowners want to feel comfortable and informed as they seek to attract pollinators to their outdoor spaces."
Ortho works to help gardeners increase pollinator habits in their own backyard during National Pollinator Week: June 19-25. A new survey commissioned by Ortho, the nation's leading brand of garden control products and the first national lawn and garden brand with a pledge to promote pollinator health, shows the majority of Americans (69 percent) recognize pollinator populations are in decline, but don’t know what to do to help.
Honeybees and other pollinators are essential for maintaining a healthy ecosystem, playing a key role in the growth of fruits and nuts. While these insects provide us with some of our favorite foods, they often can't find enough food themselves.
"Every garden can help provide food and forage spaces for bees, butterflies and other pollinators, these natural habitats are an easy way to boost pollinator activity," said Martin. "We hope to set an example as we convert two acres on our campus in Central-Ohio to a natural prairie habitat composed of tall grass and native wild flowers."
Just last year, the Ortho brand pledged to eliminate neonicotinoids from its outdoors products and broaden its range of pesticide options for consumers. They also announced a multi-year partnership with the Pollinator Stewardship Council to help educate homeowners on the safe and appropriate use of pesticides. As part of the effort, Ortho has committed to making communications with consumers easier and is encouraging federal officials to allow for clearer language on product labels concerning appropriate use in areas where pollinators may be found, as the survey also revealed that 64 percent of Americans check gardening products for use instructions around pollinators.
Whether you have a large backyard or the perfect patio for a container garden or window box, planting a pollinator garden is easy:
For more information on pollinator education or how to build a successful pollinator garden, visit Ortho.com/pollinator.
The Ortho Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults 18+, between June 8 and June 9, 2017 using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older.
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