HARTFORD - Connecticut Governor Daniel O'Mally signed into law on May 6 a measure designed to protect the health of the state's pollinators. Among the provisions is a call for the reclassification of neonicotinoids (neonics) from general use to restricted use. This means that landscape professionals certified in pesticide application are still allowed to use neonics, but the general public will not be able to buy or use them.
In addition to classifying neonics as a restricted use pesticide, the new law contains several other provisions that impact landscape professionals including an outright ban of neonic use on linden wood and bass wood trees, and the prohibition of using neonics on any plant when blooms are present. NALP and other industry partners worked in opposition to the legislation and successfully amended it to eliminate several much more onerous requirements including a complete ban of neonics from March 1 to October 31.
Connecticut is the first state in the nation to restrict neonic pesticide use. A similar restriction became law in Maryland May 28 without the governor's signature.