Gardening is supposed to be a healthy activity, therapeutic, enjoyable and sometimes even a way to feed ourselves. But battling the bugs can make it stressful to the say the least. If you're using a conventional toxic insecticide that gardening activity can become downright dangerous. The concepts of 'safe insecticide', natural insecticides, organic pesticides sound good but what do they really mean? When deciding to ditch the chemical concoctions you really need to think about what safe insecticide really means.
Safe Insecticide - Safe for Who? Safe for What?
Firstly think about yourself. Do you really want to be spraying something potentially harmful to your health, inches away from your face and the air you're breathing? I'm guessing not, but hey you could wear a mask... couldn't you? Of course, but those toxins are still sitting around on the foliage you sprayed so now you can't touch your plants, or get up close to smell their sent without inhaling those chemicals too. And, of course if you're spraying edible crops do you really want to be eating those insecticides?
Choosing a safe garden insecticide means choosing one you need have no fear about using, or being near after use.
Secondly think about who else uses the garden. Do you really want to be leaving toxic products saturating the leaves of plants your children play amongst, or that the dog is likely to sniff (or worse still eat)? Safe insecticides should be safe to store in the home and use in the garden without the risk of poisoning.
Thirdly, what about the wildlife in your garden? Not all those insects are actually pests. All the predator insects are extremely valuable for the gardener, doing their best to keep the munching insects under control. Many traditional chemical insecticides literally kill everything. You need products which keep the ladybugs, honey bees and so on safe in your garden. Don't forget those insects are food for a wide variety of other species too. A safe garden insecticide should be safe for the birds feeding on the caterpillars you're trying to destroy.
The planet outside your garden matters too! I know we can become slightly jaded about the whole green brigade. But, manufacturing harmful toxic products is bad for the planet. It's bad for the people employed risking exposure to the dangerous ingredients and it's hard for the planet when used incorrectly, spilt or just emptied down the drain. Using a safe insecticide means you needn't concern yourself with all these Eco warrior concerns!
Safe Insecticide is Still Dangerous
Yes, that natural, organic, Eco or green safe insecticide is better for you, your family, pets, wildlife and the environment but do not forget it is still powerful stuff! If you use the safest insecticide without due care and attention you can still do some harm. Even insecticidal soap is not well tolerated by certain plants and any oil or soap based product will cause problems to all insects it is sprayed onto. So, make sure you spray with care, read the label, test your most treasured plants and never spray when beneficial insects are active.