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What are Botanical Pesticides?

Definition

Botanical Pesticides or natural insecticides are organic and natural pesticides that are derived from plants and minerals, that have naturally occurring defensive properties. These types of pesticides have become more popular since they do not release toxins as they decompose. Also, they have proven to be more useful than conventional insecticides as insects become more resistant to synthetic pesticides.

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Plants use self-created pesticides as a form of defense against diseases, herbivores, and insects. These Botanical Pesticides include chemicals such as nicotine or urushiol and oils like citrus oils. The insecticides made with these natural pesticides have minimal to no toxic effect on the environment while acting fast to tackle insects.

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Texas A&M University. “Botanical Insecticides.” Natural, Plant-Based Botanical Insecticides/Pesticides From EcoSMART Technologies. http://landscapeipm.tamu.edu/types-of-pest-control/chemical-control/organic/botanical/. Accessed July 13, 2016.