An organic pesticide is the first choice for organic gardeners and growers who need to take care of an insect problem that has gotten out of hand without jeopardizing the safety of their produce or fruit.
Before you reach for toxic chemical to solve the problem, consider using natural alternative first. They're free of toxins and poisons. They are safe for you, your children, pets and the environment.
Also known as Bio-Insecticides, they are made from plant oil extracts. It is very important to verify that the product you are considering is either approved for use by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) or are Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
There are two products in particular that I have used with great success. One is
and the other is
These versatile products are listed as ‘minimal risk’ under FIFRA and are EXEMPT from Federal EPA registration. Yet they are effective against a broad spectrum of insects and their application costs are comparable to conventional products. Especially when you do it yourself!
These products have a unique mode of action that targets and blocks a key neurotransmitter receptor site called "Octopamine" which is found in all invertebrates, but NOT mammals! (That is why it is safe for you, your children and your pets!) Octopamine regulates an insects heart rate, movement and metabolism. Interrupting the function of Octopamine results in a total breakdown of the insects nervous system. These products also have a dual action mode with the synergized pyrethrin and plant oils active ingredient. Not only is it an Octopamine blocker, but the pyrethrin also acts as a nerve toxin in insects only.
Where can organic pesticides be used?
You can use these natural based pesticides in safely both indoors and out. They are comparable to chemicals in terms of effectiveness, without the hazards to people and pets. of botanical products. They are used in hospitals, health care facilities, nurseries, day cares and schools. They are approved by USDA National Organic Program growers and listed with the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
There are a couple of reasons why I like these products. The first obviously, is that they work. But mostly, I am a big fan of the pleasant, natural botanical oil fragrances. EcoSmart, with it's peppermint and wintergreen oils smells almost like an air frehener. The Essential 1-PHE smells like a salad dressing with it's garlic overtones. That beats having to reach for a rescue inhaler because I am gagging on chemical vapors. They use a synergized blend of plant oils instead of just one! This increases the insecticidal activity of the plants oils tremendously. So much so that it makes it very cost competitive in comparison to synthetic chemicals. You and I may care about our health and the environment, but the majority of folks I fear just want something cheap to kill the bugs. By having a ecological product available that is affordable, we have a greater chance of keeping these toxic chemicals out of our environment!
Chemicals pesticides are designed to disrupt the central nervous system of pests. The problem is humans and our pets also have central nervous systems and we can be negatively affected as well. Children are especially at risk because their bodies and brains are still developing.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by insects that are threatening your garden understand that there are now safe alternatives. You can use an natural bug killer made from plant oil extracts which provide instant knock-down in most cases and have a long residual effect which deters further insect problems.
Do-It-Yourself Pest Control
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