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Before you hire someone to get rid of your mosquitoes, find out if it’s safe for you, your pets, our beneficial insects and our planet.
Greenwise truly cares about the environment and opened its doors in 2007 because we knew lawn care should be safer and smarter. That’s why we only offer organic and all-natural options for your lawn. We never use harmful chemicals or pesticides. Ever. That’s a promise and our guarantee. And, that’s why our mosquito and tick control is also 100% safe.
What You’ll Find in Our Mosquito & Tick Control:
- Active ingredient: Cedarwood Oil
- Inactive ingredients: Ethyl Lactate (found naturally in a wide variety of foods including wine, chicken and various fruits and considered to be biodegradable), Glycerin, Polyglyceryl Oleate, Sodium Citrate
What You’ll Find in Traditional Mosquito Sprays
Truthfully, it’s not easy to get a list of ingredients from more traditional mosquito control companies. Our research has found that the leaders in the industry for mosquito control use chemicals that are either pyrethrins or pyrethroids, which are natural and synthetic (respectively) neurotoxins.
Pyrethrins don’t repel mosquitoes from your yard, but only kill those mosquitoes they happen to touch while spraying. If you want to dive deep into these types of products, click here for the Beyond Pesticide’s Chemical Watch Fact Sheet.
Common chemicals used in traditional mosquito control companies include:
Are These Chemicals Safe for Us?
Pyrethroids are relatively safe but should not be viewed as harmless. Studies on mice and rats suggest that the chemicals do act on mammalian nervous systems, so you probably don’t want your kids rolling around in the yard after its sprayed.
One study suggests that exposure to these pesticides can increase ADHD among boys.
In fact, any study dealing with pesticides will indicate that children are far more susceptible to the harmful effects of pesticides because they are more likely to roll around in the grass, put their hands in their mouths and have less body weight to absorb the pesticides than adults.
Are These Chemicals Safe for Pets?
Dogs and chickens seem to be fine. Cats, however, lack sufficient levels of a liver enzyme that helps detoxify pyrethroids and can thus develop what is called pyrethroid toxicosis.
Do these Chemicals Affect Beneficial Insects and other Animals?
You bet. These chemicals have varying degrees of toxicity to humans, fish and birds. Some are more quickly absorbed into our waterways, and just about all of them are extremely toxic to bees, a crucial pollinator we can’t afford to lose, much less harm.
They can kill monarch caterpillars, even weeks later because of the insecticide drying on milkweed leaves. It turns out both garlic oil and rosemary oil, which some mosquito companies use in their safer formula also harm caterpillars. Garlic oil is a non-selective insecticide, so it will kill beneficial insects (such as ladybugs) just as easily as it kills the bad guys.
How Long Do These Chemicals Stick Around?
Pyrethroids adhere to plant surfaces and stay chemically active for weeks, so the risk to any beneficial insect can last for weeks. Some pyrethroids can even last for 90 days if they are on shaded surfaces.
Take the Label Challenge
To protect your family and our environment, you need to know what’s being sprayed on your lawn.
Do you know what’s in your lawn care provider’s mosquito control products? Take the label challenge! Ask your provider to show you the labels for the products they are using. Are they natural? Safe? Need help reading the label? Send it to us and our turf care experts will decipher it for you.