Update On Yates Confidor

We’re aware of the decision made by some retailers to stop selling all garden care 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 Mavrik).

Neonicotinoid based products, such as Confidor continue to be approved for use in New Zealand & Australian by the regulators EPA/APVMA/ ACVM who continue to monitor the latest science and have found no data to substantiate the claim that they are harmful to bees when correctly used. In fact, the APVMA have as recently as 12th January 2018 reconfirmed this position. For more information on this, please visit

Neonicotinoid products, such as Confidor, have been used in New Zealand gardens for over 20 years and there is no evidence to suggest they have negatively impacted bee populations over that time.

Managed hive numbers in New Zealand are at an all-time high. Although the destructive varroa mite in the early 2000s is thought to have caused a four-year dip, managed hive numbers have recovered.

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

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