Natural and Biological Pesticides
Many things found in nature can be used to control pests. Most of them are considered 'organic' when used as pesticides. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) evaluates some of them as 'biopesticides.'
There is also a small list of 'minimum risk pesticides' that are exempt from EPA review. Click around within the image above to learn more.
- No matter how natural, all pesticides should be used with care.
- Always follow the label instructions, and take steps to minimize exposure to people, animals, and the environment.
- Plant oils can be harmful to the eyes, and people may be allergic to them.
- Metallic substances like zinc and sulfur can contaminate surface water and damage your equipment if not used properly.
- Your risk depends on the toxicity of the substance, and the amount of exposure.
If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated November 13, 2015