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Generally, biopesticides are made of living things, come from living things, or they are found in nature. They tend to pose fewer risks than conventional chemicals. Very small quantities can be effective and they tend to break down more quickly, which means less pollution.

Some biopesticides are targeted in their activity, often working on a small number of species. However, users need more knowledge to use biopesticides effectively. This is because they are often most effectively used as part of an Integrated Pest Management approach.

Types of biopesticides:

Biopesticide information from NPIC: Bt, citronella oil, neem oil, iron phosphate, methoprene, capsaicin, copper sulfate (possible biopesticides: pyrethrins, spinosad, boric acid)

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated April 14, 2022

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