Misquito Barrier

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Smallaxe, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,001

    From NJ School IPM manual:

    "Minimum risk" pesticides. The following lists "active" ingredients (the ingredient with the pesticide value) that are exempt from EPA regulation assuming the product meets certain conditions. If these ingredients are in a product that is properly labeled with all ingredients (both active and "inert"), does not claim to control disease-carrying pests, and does not make false or misleading claims, they are considered "minimum risk" and thus able to be used as a low impact pesticide under the law.

    Castor oil (U.S.P. or equivalent)
    Cedar oil
    Cinnamon and cinnamon oil
    Citric acid
    Citronella and citronella oil
    Cloves and clove oil
    Corn gluten meal
    Corn oil
    Cottonseed oil
    Dried blood
    Garlic and garlic oil
    Geranium oil
    Lauryl sulfate
    Lemongrass oil
    Linseed oil
    Malic acid
    Mint and mint oil
    Peppermint and peppermint oil
    2-Phenethyl propionate (2-phenylethyl propionate)
    Potassium sorbate
    Putrescent whole egg solids
    Rosemary and rosemary oil
    Sesame (includes ground sesame plant) and sesame oil
    Sodium chloride (common salt)
    Sodium lauryl sulfate
    Soybean oil
    Thyme and thyme oil
    White pepper
    Zinc metal strips (consisting solely of zinc metal and impurities)

    These active ingredients listed above may be combined with any of a number of "inert" ingredients from a list published by EPA. This list of minimum risk inert ingredients is known as List "4A". The up-to-date 4A list can be obtained from EPA's website.
  2. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    Just a reminder that mosquitos only hatch out in standing water and that BT (Vectobac) in powder form is highly effective for mosquito control. > bacterial spores which the larvae (wrigglers) eat and die. We have used this on our farm for over twenty years with an 80% reduction in mosquitos.
  3. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    damn straight!!! and just don't make the claim!!!! second we have been planting some S. garlic and it looks great and really helps long term.

    also try some camphora and Alpinia galanga
  4. mrkosar

    mrkosar LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 680

    anyone plant chamomile to repel mosquitoes?
  5. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,001

    No, the point is you can make the claim with those products that are listed as exempt. You can state that you are controlling mosquitoes, but not the diseases they carry.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Wow!! Just leave it to them d@m Lawyers to give you another reason to just wanna - smack them in the face... :laugh:
  7. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

  8. Prolawnservice

    Prolawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 612

    for those that didn't feel like reading through Barrys link

    QUESTION: I have found mosquito and tick repellents on the market shelf that do not have EPA registration numbers. I thought that exempted pesticide products could not be labeled to control these kinds of pests?

    ANSWER: Claims that the exempted pesticide controls these kinds of pests are allowed, but no claims may be made to make the consumer believe that they would be protected by using the product from a disease that these insects can carry, such as Lyme disease.

    Remember: the claim may only be for the pest, as a pest, and not as a disease vector.

    Example of an appropriate claim: “repels mosquitoes and ticks.”

    Examples of an inappropriate claim: “repels mosquitoes that can transmit malaria,”or,"Will repel ticks that cause Lyme disease."

    QUESTION: I have seen products that say they are "the natural way to control pests," or "safe for kids and pets." Aren't these considered by EPA to be false and misleading claims?

    ANSWER: No, not for exempted minimum risk pesticides. Products that meet the criteria for exemption from regulation may make safety claims if true. On the other hand, claims cannot be worded in such a way that implies or states endorsement by EPA or another federal agency or department.
  9. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    Great info.......very succinct
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: I was helping a fella with his Ingles this winter and he start talking about ... liars ...lawyers ...some darn thing :)
    I told him "It didn't matter. Same meaning, pronunciation is only a coloquialism". :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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