With a previous posting in mind in respect to detrimental effects of Neonicotinoids insecticides on the health of bees, it is essential that we find environmentally friendly garden pesticides other than the present offerings from Shell and Bayer. Neonicotinoids are class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. The reason they were adopted by the agricultural and the horticultural industries so wholeheartedly was because it was claimed that they had so much less toxicity to mammals compared to previously used organophosphate and carbamate insecticides. The neonicotinoid imidacloprid is currently the most widely used insecticide in the world. The neonicotinoids include acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, sulfoxaflor, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam. So look out for them on the ingredients label on the side of pesticide packs. Despite the fact that the use of these chemicals has been completely suspended through most of Europe, our government has seen fit to ignore environmentalists’ opinions about the dangers of using them. If you want to know more about these chemicals, go to this excellent Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neonicotinoid.
Further reading can be obtained throughout the article and in the bibliography at the end. This information is too important to be ignored. So what else is there on the market that can be used that may not have the propensity to decimate the planet?……..
Neudorff’s entire Pyrol Bug & Larvae Killer range is now approved for organic cultivation by the Organic Farmers & Growers Association.
The German company Neudorff from northern Germany has produced a range of insecticides that are suitable for use on all types of flowers, fruits and vegetables. They contain the 100% natural active ingredient pyrethrum, derived from chrysanthemum flowers harvested in the Kenyan Highlands.
Pyrethrum has been used a lot over the decades that I have been gardening and its star has waxed and waned several times in those years. But in these straightened times when there so few effective weapons at the gardener’s disposal and awareness of wildlife and the environment are at the ‘top of the agenda’, pyrethrum has a lot going for it.
- Due to pyrethrum breaking down rapidly there needs to be only a short waiting period prior to harvest when used on edible fruit and vegetables.
- It controls a wide range of harmful pests including aphids, whitefly, greenfly, spider mites, mealy bugs, scale insects, leaf hoppers and thrips. But Pyrol Bug and Larva Killer has an added ingredient. Because of its oil content, it also acts on the eggs and larvae of the insects to provide extended periods of control.
The neonicotinoid free products provide highly effective control of pests while being low risk to bees.
And for an environmentally and wildlife (apart from Slugs and Snails) friendly slug control……
Control slugs and snails reliably – and environmentally friendly!
The mild damp winter we are having will enable slugs and snails to overwinter in large numbers and hit our vegetable gardens as soon as spring has sprung. With Neudorff’s Sluggo Slug & Snail Killer* they can be effectively controlled without harming the environment. SluggoSlug & SnailKiller is another Neudorff product approved for use in organic cultivation by the Organic Farmers & Growers Association and is the only slug pellet which has been certified by Ecocert1 which acknowledges that ingredients are harmless to the environment.
- Sluggo contains the active ingredient Iron-III phosphate that also occurs naturally. When ingested it causes slugs and snails to stop eating and crawl backdown into the soil to die below the ground – leaving no messy slime trails or dead remains.
- When used as directed, Sluggo* does not pose any risk to birds, earthworms, hedgehogs, bees, pets and other ‘non-target’ species.
- Edible plants can be harvested immediately after using Sluggo Slug & Snail Killer*.
- The pellets are rain resistant and swell when damp to make them even more attractive to slugs and snails. They are biodegradable and unconsumed pellets convert into iron and phosphate in the soil, delivering added nutrients to the plants.
Neudorff has been producing environmentallly friendly products for the garden for over 160 years. The company ethos is to: “combine market leading efficacy with the best possible degree of compatibility with humans, animals and the environment.” To see stockists of these products near you go to: http://www.neudorff.co.uk/stockists.html