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Pyrethrum is Our Weapon of Choice!

Pyrethrumis a natural insecticide made from the flowers of certain chrysanthemum plant. It is a mixture of several different compounds called pyrethrins. About 200 years ago, people in central Asia discovered that dried, crushed flowers of certain chrysanthemums were toxic to insects. During the Napoleonic wars 1800-1815 this insect powder was used to control flea and body lice infestations by French soldiers. Pyrethrum is the most widely used botanical insecticide in the world today. The active ingredient, permethrin, is extracted from the chrysanthemum plant, dendranthemum (chrysanthemum) cineraria folium. Pyrethrum insecticide, either used alon or in combination with other compounds, is very effective, safe and environmentally friendly. Pyrethrum is also extracted from a particular type of Chrysantemum known as the African Daisy (Chrysanthemum cineraria folium). Oil is extracted from the seeds of these flowers. The seeds are then crushed and used to make mosquito coils burned in tropical climates around the world as a mosquito repellant.

Permethrin is one of a group of manmade insecticides whose chemical structure is based on natural pyrethrum. Permethrin is a pyrethroid insecticide. It is widely used and has recently enjoyed an upswing in homeowner popularity since the widely used insecticide diazinon was taken off the US market. Permethrin has many uses from landscape pest control to head lice, flea, tick and mosquito control on dogs, and mosquito control on outdoor clothing and camping gear.

Fast knockdown and actual insect death does not always go hand in hand, as many insects recover after the initial knockdown. For this reason, pyrethrums are mixed with a synergist called piperonyl butoxide or commonly referred to as (PBO) to increase insect mortality.

Pyrethrin is a natural insecticide that is derived from the chrysanthemum flower. Pyrethrin is considered one of the least toxic insecticides to mammals. It is biodegradable and will breakdown with sunlight. There is evidence that it also has some insect repellant properties. Pyrethrin is a naturally derived substance with a high safety rating and is effective against many types of insects.

Piperonyl butoxide (PBO) is a pesticide synergist. It does not by itself have pesticidal properties. However, when added to insecticide mixtures, typically, Pyrethrin and pyrethroid insectides, their potency is increased considerably. Piperonyl butoxide is moderately stable and is a semisynthetic derivative of safrole or more commonly known as Sassafras which is a native plant to eastern North America and eastern Asia. In addition, natural Pyrethrum and Pyrethrin tends to break down in sunlight, rapidly losing its effectiveness after outdoor use. Piperonyl butoxide is added to avoid having these components break down.

Pyrethrum is nontoxic to most mammals, making it among the safest insecticides in use today. In fact, it has more approved EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) uses than any other insecticide.
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