World War II was a landmark moment for insecticides. When U.S. troops were slogging through the Pacific Theatre in the campaign against Japan, they needed something to protect themselves from malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
Enter the aerosol spray bottle that soldiers dubbed the “bug bomb.” This insecticide-filled canister allowed them to treat their tents, planes and other structures with a fine, mosquito-repelling mist. That success triggered a new wave of household products in the post-war years. Like the bug bomb, these products, including cleaners, spray paint and additional insecticides, were delivered via an aerosol spray can.
By the 1970s, scientists discovered a problem with aerosols of the time. The chemicals used as a spray-can propellant (chlorofluorocarbons) were damaging the atmosphere. By 1989, a global agreement was reached to remove those chemicals from sprays.
Since that time, however, confusion has reigned about whether aerosol sprays can still be used. People want to know: Can I still use aerosol sprays? How do aerosols effect the environment now? What chemicals are included in insecticide aerosol spray bottles? What are the effects of aerosols on children and pets?
Safer® Brand offers three insecticidal OMRI Listed® aerosols. Each uses a combination of D-Limonene, pyrethrins and insecticidal soap (potassium salts of fatty acids) to deliver kill-on-contact sprays that are listed as compliant for use in organic gardening.
How do Safer® Brand aerosols kill bothersome bugs? These sprays use pyrethrins, insecticidal soap and D-Limonene to target insects in three ways.
Further, each of these sprays was tested by the Organic Materials Review Institute, a third-party organization charged by the federal government to gauge products for adherence to U.S. organic standards. After successfully passing OMRI®’s requirements, products are then added to the list the USDA has deemed “compliant for use in organic gardening.”
Safer® Brand’s aerosol sprays are:
Also worth noting is that each of these aerosols adhere to the standards established in the 1989 global agreement that banned the use of environmentally damaging chlorofluorocarbons.
As with any insecticide, certain measures need to be taken during application. Using these aerosols near children and pets should be done with particular care. For complete usage instructions, consult individual bottles of Safer® Brand Wasp & Hornet Killer, Roach & Ant Killer and Flying Insect Killer.
Are you using Safer® Brand insecticides in your home or garden? Do you have any questions about how they are used and their effects? Let us know by reaching out to our dedicated Consumer Care Team on our toll-free helpline at 855-7-ORGANIC. You can also join the Safer® Brand Community on Facebook, where we explore organic gardening every day.
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For over 25 years, Safer® Brand has been a resource for organic gardeners and growers. We proudly offer the broadest and most successful line of OMRI Listed® organic gardening, organic fungicide and organic pest control products.
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