Many insect fighting chemicals on the market are the same basic ingredients with just
enough variation to allow a different brand name. It's similar to buying ibuprofen. You
can buy many different versions and strengths of it, but it all boils down to the same
basic ingredient. Watered down versions can cause a problem as well as a waste of
People are usually either for or against the use of natural insecticides. Whether or not
your particular choice is a benefit depends on the circumstances. How advanced is the
insect infestation? What are you allergic to? What will harm your plants? What will be
safe to use around your pets or livestock? What is available and accessible to you and
how fast can you get it when you need it? Do you need to use more than one method of
control and removal? What is cost effective?
To get the most benefit from natural insecticides, you'll need to understand the best way
to use them. You should know what works best for the type of insect you're trying to
control or eradicate. Be careful what you mix. Even natural insecticides can interact
badly with the wrong combination of substances.
One of the biggest benefits of a natural insecticide is that it comes from nature in some
form. You'll be using something made from the earth. That doesn't mean it's problemfree.
It just means you're benefiting the environment and actively participating in the
An example is liquid garlic. Garlic is a natural plant that is grown around the world. It
can be used to keep insects off garden or farm plants.
Another example is boric acid. Boric acid is defined as a white crystalline weak acid
that contains boron. Boron is a mineral substance, and minerals are of the earth.
If you use things made with what the earth provides, you benefit and so does the earth
and other humans and life-forms. Using natural insecticide is a choice. It's not always
the quickest way to solve your insect problem. It's not always less harmful. That's why
education on your choices will be a big benefit!
Our beloved earth suffers a lot of abuse, often by well-meaning inhabitants. As the
earth suffers, so does its creatures and plant life. If you take away, you should give back
in a positive way. Using natural insecticides is one way to participate in a positive way.
Natural insecticides have increased in sales over the past few years and so have the
vegetables and fruits made insect-free because of their use. When the mosquitoes
scared us with the West Nile Virus, the citronella plant and its derivatives and products
made with citronella increased dramatically in sales. Natural insecticides have always
been around, but people had to wise up about their use and effectiveness. Some people
just don't have the patience to use them or don't want to take the time to learn. Just
like anything else, you don't know if you will like them until you try them.