Natural Insecticides: Pest Control with Pyrethrins
Pyrethrin is considered a Botanical “natural” insecticide because it is derived from plants. Pyrethrin insecticide, pyrethrin spray, pyrethrin fogging products, pyrethrin foggers.Pyrethrins are enviromentally safe pyrethrum.
Pyrethrins are completely organic, natural insecticides produced by certain seed cases of chrysanthemum plant. Pyrethrum is grown commercially all over the country to product Pyrethrin for the use in insecticides. Pyrethrin Pest Control Products are environmentally safe.
The flowers of the plant are harvested shortly after blooming and are either dried and powdered or the oils within the flowers are extracted with solvents.
Pyrethrins are toxic to ants, roaches, silverfish, mosquitoes, wasps, spiders, crickets and basically all insects and garden pests. Pyrethrum also has a very quick knockdown effect.
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The natural pyrethrins are contact poisons which quickly penetrate the nerve system of the insect. A few minutes after application, the insect cannot move or fly away. The natural pyrethrins are swiftly detoxified by enzymes in the insect. Thus, some pests will recover.
Semisynthetic derivatives of the chrysanthemumic acids have been developed as insecticides. These are called pyrethroids and tend to be more effective than natural pyrethrins while they are less toxic to mammals.
The terms "pyrethrins" refers to the natural insecticides derived from chrysanthemum flowers; "pyrethroids" are the synthetic chemicals, and "pyrethrum" is a general name covering both compounds.
Pyrethrum is an excellent flushing agent and works great in control of roaches when it is necessary to forces the population out of hiding. Exciter is a pure Pyrethrum based product.
Pyrethrin is quickly broken down in the bodies of mammals. It also breaks down when exposed to sunlight or water. When Pyrethrin is applied to the soil for treatment against ants or termites for example, it sticks to the soil and does not spread. That is good for the environment because it won't translocate to streams and lakes where it could contaminate a water supply. When applied to the soil the top layer breaks down quickly, but has a soil half life of 12 days. When applied in non-lethal doses to insects it acts as a repellent, but is not necessarily a killing agent.
Pyrethrin can be found in aerosol foggers, human head lice treatments and pet flea sprays. It is effective in killing all kinds of insects like fleas, bees, wasps, ants, cockroaches, and beetles and is a good extermination tool to fight bedbugs, ticks, mosquitoes and other blood sucking insects.
As with all chemicals and insecticides, carefully follow the directions for use on the label.