An Odor-Free Insecticide Spray

We have an exciting development for the Fall of 2015 and beyond. We think you will find this very interesting! We now offer a new ODOR FREE product for insecticide tree spraying applications!

In the past we would receive occasional phone calls from clients who didn’t like the odor associated with one of the products that we use for certain spray applications. We understood the complaints as we didn’t like the smell either, but we used the product because quite simply, it was by far the best product that we ever used. It got the job done. It was a very broad spectrum product that killed a plethora of insects with excellent systemic residual value; meaning its effectiveness lasted for weeks. We also knew through prior testing of the old product, that even if it rained just 20 minutes after we sprayed it onto a tree, the rain would not matter. The spray was embedded into the leaf and would do its job.

Recently however, we heard about another product that our supplier said was even better.

Since we never rely on or use a product that we haven’t personally tested ourselves, we set out to do just that. This is how we test…..

We took a Linden tree (the Japanese Beetle’s favorite target) and sprayed half of it with the old product and half with the new product. We let the tree dry and clipped off a small branch with 3 leaves attached from each side of the tree and placed them into separate glass ‘bug aquariums’. Then, we drove to an area that was being hard hit with Japanese Beetles (the toughest insect there is to control with spraying applications) and placed 9 healthy beetles in each aquarium.

Within 2 hours all the beetles in the aquarium with the new product were on the bottom, dying. It took 4 hours for the beetles on the old product to fall to the bottom but either way, no leaf damage. So far so good. We continued this process every day for 28 days. Both products continued to perform but it was evident at the 21 day mark the old product began to fall off on its effectiveness where the new product was still working great. It took 28 days for the new product to begin to lose effectiveness. The leaves showed a little more feeding damage than in the previous days so we knew that ‘most likely’ the new product was as good as claimed.

Most likely you ask? Yes. There was one more test to do before we were sure. How would this new product hold up to rain? Would it retain its effectiveness if it were to rain soon after an application?

We sprayed another tree with the new product and clipped off one of the treated branches. We waited just 15 minutes for the spray to dry. Then we actually submerged the branch into a bucket of clean water and vigorously swished it around (under water) for 5 minutes which is way more water than a tree would ever see during any rain storm. We let the leaves dry again and put them into another bug aquarium with 9 healthy Japanese Beetles. Unbelievably in less than 2 hours the beetles were on the bottom dying with no leaf damage. The tiny bites they took off of one side of the leaf, that were barely noticeable, was enough to make them stop feeding and to kill them.

We kept that branch alive by submerging the cut end in a jar of water within the tank and kept introducing fresh beetles every day for the next week. The new insecticide didn’t miss a beat. Every day all the beetles were dying on the bottom within 2 hours. We knew what we needed to know; that this product was even better than the old product and all with no odor. What a nice find!

It is important to note that all products labeled for residential use are tested and monitored by the Department of Agriculture and EPA. Products of the past like DDT aren’t made any longer, and rightfully so. The product formulations available today are deadly to tiny insects, but safe in their tank mixed form for people, pets and wildlife. It is also important to note that the sprays that we use on trees and shrubs are actually safer and less toxic than store bought spray cans of ant, termite and spider products that folks use inside their homes when necessary.

One might ask… why doesn’t every company use top quality products such as those used by us? Because of the cost. Most other companies compete in the industry by offering low pricing. To achieve that they have to use the most inexpensive products available, products that might kill on contact but basically lose their effectiveness in two days. To get great results you need the products that provide them.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!