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Our Spin on Spinosad: An Organic Solution to Banishing Bugs

Creepy Crawlers in your flowerbed, landscape and/or garden are no fun, especially when they get to eat your salad before you do. There are many products promising to “banish the bugs,” but not all of them are safe for your plants, especially the plants you intend to consume.

Apply Spinosad for an easy & organic “DIY” insect control solution! It doesn’t just stop at your flower & edible gardens: it’s safe for your ornamental shrubs (landscaping) and even your lawn!

What is Spinosad? Spinosad is a natural substance made by a soil bacterium that can be toxic to insects. It is a mixture of two chemicals called spinosyn A and spinosyn D. It is used to control a wide variety of pests. These include thrips, leafminers, spider mites, mosquitoes, ants, fruit flies and others. It kills Leafminers, Borers, Leaf Rollers, Thrips, Worms (Caterpillars), Colorado Potato Beetle and other listed insects on Vegetables, Fruit and Citrus.

Kills Armyworms, Sod Webworms, Cat Flies, Loopers, Bagworms, Tent Caterpillars and other listed insects on Lawns and Ornamental Trees, Shrubs and Flowers.

The origins of Spinosad came from a pirate’s best friend–a rum distillery. While on vacation in the Caribbean in 1982, a scientist discovered a soil dwelling bacterium called Saccharopolyspora spinosa in the abandoned distillery. In 1988, the bacteria was placed in a fermentation broth, producing a compound that has since been formed into an insecticide with the added plus of being a biological pest control organism.

How does it work to kill the pests? Spinosad affects the nervous system of insects that eat or touch it. It causes their muscles to flex uncontrollably. This leads to paralysis and ultimately their death with a 100% mortality rate, typically within 1-2 days. If you’re wondering how it affects beneficial bugs and wildlife, Spinosad is practically non-toxic to birds, and other wildlife. It is, however, moderately toxic to earthworms. Please note that Spinosad is very highly toxic to bees. However, evidence according to the National Pesticide Information Center suggests that spinosad has little or no effect on honey bees and other beneficial insects after sprays have dried.

We have Spinosad in two easy-to-use formulas. There is a hose-end sprayer that attaches to your garden hose and sprays along with the water. The other option in in concentrate for you to add with water to a sprayer. Both have directions and measurements to take the guess work out. As an added bonus, an associate here can walk you through the usage as well as the benefits.  

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