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What are Botanical Pesticides?

Botanical Pesticides are organic pesticides that derive from plants, who typically use it as a form of protection. These types of pesticides have become more popular as they don’t release toxins as they decompose and have proven to be more useful than conventional insecticides as insects become more resistant to synthetic pesticides.

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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