What Organic Pest / Bug Products do you use?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by CrazyBlonde, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. CrazyBlonde

    CrazyBlonde LawnSite Member
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    Just want to know what's working best, and is an affordable Organic Pest Control.
    Product?
    Price?
    Where to get it?

    Don't want any bugs in the yard! Thanks, appreciate any input on products!


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  2. froglawn

    froglawn LawnSite Member
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    i would also like to know...input appreciated!
     
  3. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    No bugs in the yard? You are a crazy Blonde. :)
    Seriously, what are you trying to accomplish?
     
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Barry carries a variety of organic pest/repellent products, I can only speak to ours, Essential-1, which is a mix of 4 essential oils, garlic and capsaicin (hot pepper oil to keep away browsers) The field trials 3 years ago were in Florida, it will move fireants right off a property.
    It is made from EPA exempt ingredients and is used in organic farming
    The Cedar oil suffocates thems if there is direct contact and the Castor oil dessicates them, we have some others in there that are excellent repellents, the main smell is cedar and garlic

    caution: it attracts Italians
     
  5. thauer

    thauer LawnSite Member
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    Bill,

    Is your product "labled' for commercial Florida use? Do you call it a pest control on the lable or Plant growth stimulant?
     
  6. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Most states do not require registration as a pesticide because of below, some require that the label be approved for no misleading statements. Products meeting the requirement do not (in fact can't) have a CAS number on the label. A term they also use is GRAS, generally regarded as safe

    Minimum risk pesticides are a special class of pesticides that are not subject to federal registration requirements because their ingredients, both active and inert, are demonstrably safe for the intended use.
    Criteria for FIFRA 25(b) Exemption
    Minimum risk pesticides that meet certain criteria are exempt from federal registration under section 25(b) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not review or register pesticides that satisfy the 25(b) criteria, though registration is required by most states. For information on minimum risk pesticides in your state, please contact your state's pesticide registration office.
     
  7. CrazyBlonde

    CrazyBlonde LawnSite Member
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    That's the caption for the pic! But, Yes, I do some CRAZY stuff!

    Love the beneficial bugs! But it is very difficult to SELECTIVELY ward off the bad guys. Some of the main concerns of our NEW customers are ANTS, FLEAS, TICKS, MOSQUITOES, GRUBS, and occasionally BILLBUGS. We get alot of nuisance from Box Elder bugs near doorways, under the doormats, that then invade the homes. So at the risk of NOT having the beneficial bugs, customers are wanting pest control for the rest of these critters.
    It's far less of a problem with established customers, as their lawns are healthy, and ward off the critters. It really helps when the customers mow high, leave the clippings, and water deep and less often. So any help with an ORGANIC product would be much appreciated. Thanks for helping!
     
  8. CrazyBlonde

    CrazyBlonde LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Bill! Would LOVE to run off the ants, especially if they would just move next door so the neighbor's need my services too! Job Security! Will be checking out your Essential-1 product pronto!
     
  9. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Bill must be delirious from all the snow he got in the last few days. :laugh:
    He didn't make it clear that we distribute his products.

    Essential-1 will work well for several of the pests you mentioned. I haven't tried it on box elder bug. They are a tough one, I've used many pesticides to reduce them as a nuisance with some success but with repeated applications.
    The repellent property in Essential-1 may be an added bonus. It does keep mosquitoes away.
     
  10. CrazyBlonde

    CrazyBlonde LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Barry, Does it come in a larger size than 1 Gallon Jugs? We do ALOT of accounts, and this year we seem to be getting alot of new customers, and they seem to have lots more problems than our established customers. We really need a bulk type price to keep the cost down, if it comes in a larger size that should help a little. You or Bill can PM me the info or post it. Thanks for the help.
     

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