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Spinosad is a natural substance made by a soil bacterium that can be toxic to insects. It is used to control a wide variety of pests. These include thrips, leafminers, spider mites, mosquitoes, ants, fruit flies and others. Many products containing spinosad are used on crops and ornamental plants. Some of these products are approved for use in organic agriculture.

General Questions about
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General
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Additional Resources:

  1. Spinosad Pesticide Fact Sheet - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  2. Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management (pg. 163) - Cornell University
  3. Environmental Fate of Spinosad - California Department of Pesticide Regulation
  4. Toxicological Evaluations: Spinosad - World Health Organization (WHO)

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 at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated November 9, 2015

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