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Provado Lawn Grub Killer: withdrawn from retailers shelves by 30 September 2013 and to be used by consumers by 30 November 2013

The withdrawal of three neonicotinoids - imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothiandin – begins at the end of September 2013 when all affected products will be removed from retailers’ shelves.  Consumers must use or dispose of any products they have by the end of November 2013 

The only Bayer Garden product affected is Provado Lawn Grub Killer, which contains imidacloprid.  Other Bayer Garden products contain thiaclopid, an entirely new generation of insecticide, such as both the UK’s number one bug control product and Provado Vine Weeviller Killer².  This active ingredient is a completely different sub class to the three neonicotinoids in question and is considered to have a good profile for bees. 

It is very important any remaining product is disposed of safely; therefore it is vital to read the product label.  The Crop Protection Association ( provides clear easy-to-follow instructions on the safe disposal of garden chemicals and informs you of your nearest disposal waste site. 

Bees make a vital contribution as pollinators and so Bayer takes the health of the bee population very seriously.  The best way to protect bees is to understand the real factors affecting its decline.  For nearly 30 years Bayer has invested heavily in bee health, and has recently opened its Bee Care Centre in Monheim, Germany, the aim of which is to focus the company’s efforts into Varroa mite treatments and the minimising of any impact.




The contribution of bees as pollinators of both crops and wildflowers is essential to the ecosystem and we take their health very seriously.  


There is a great deal of misinformation concerning the cause of the decline in the health of the UK honey bee population.  The peer-reviewed scientific evidence is clear; the decline is a consequence of a complex combination of many factors.  These include the Varroa mite and other parasites; bacterial, fungal and viral diseases; habitat loss and degradation; and other genetic factors.  More research is needed to better understand the impact of these factors and therefore Bayer is currently working on new ways to tackle the Varroa mite as it is widely believe among the scientific community that this is the main factor affecting the health of honey bee colonies.  Australia, for example, has some of the healthiest honey bees in the world even though crop protection products are used intensively as part of an integrated pest management on farms. A key reason may be that they have no Varroa mite there.


Investing in bee Health 


As a bee health company for nearly 30 years, Bayer invests heavily to address the real problems facing the bee population.


We established our Bee Care Centre in Monheim, Germany, to minimise the impact of crop protection products on bees and continually improve stewardship measures.  The Centre brings Bayer’s extensive experience and knowledge under one roof, consolidates existing and future bee health projects from Bayer companies and serves as a platform for scientific discussion and joint projects with external partners.


European Commission Vote


We believe that the European Commission’s proposed decision to suspend the amateur use of products containing any one of three neonicotinoids – imidacloprid, thiametoxam and clothiandin – is unjustified and disproportionate.  

As Bayer, we consider the decision by the Commission of the European Union to restrict the use of neonicotinoid-containing products across Europe as a set-back for technology, innovation and sustainability. As a science-based company, we are disappointed that clear scientific evidence has taken a back-seat in the decision making process and we do not believe that the plan by the Commission will have a positive impact on bee health.

In the UK, Provado Lawn Grub Killer is the only Bayer Garden product affected by this decision and may be withdrawn from sale.

The Provado range


Both the UK’s number one bug control product, Provado Ultimate Bug Killer, and Provado Vine Weevil Killer² contain an entirely new generation insecticide, thiacloprid.  This active ingredient is a completely different sub class to the three in question and is considered to have a good profile for bees.  

Available in concentrate, ready to use and aerosol formulations, Provado Ultimate Bug Killer is a contact and systemic insecticide, it provides the best all round protection for flowers, fruit and vegetables and controls a wide range of pests for up to six weeks.  

Provado Vine Weevil Killer² is a systemic insecticide that controls vine weevils in pots and containers inside and outside.  Year round protection is provided by only three applications.  

Provado Ultimate Fruit & Vegetable Bug Killer is a contact insecticide that contains deltamethrin, an active ingredient previously only available to the professional market.  This product kills most common insect pests, can be used on a comprehensive range of fruit and vegetable plants, including peas and brassicas, and provides protection for up to four weeks.  

Provado is the UK's number one Insecticide brand; as part of our greater commitment to this area Bayer Garden also offer some organic, non-neonicotinoid products. Organic Bug Free and Natria Bug Control are organic, contact insecticides which contain natural fatty acids. They are ideal for flowers, fruits and vegetables, and provide useful control for a wide range of garden pests.

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