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Good Morning America to Showcase Natural Pesticides

Paul Tukey is scheduled to join ABC weatherman Sam Champion on Good Morning America Wednesday morning.

Paul Tukey is scheduled to join ABC weatherman Sam Champion on Good Morning America Wednesday morning.

With synthetic chemical pesticides being linked in new studies this year from everything to ADHD in children to colony collapse disorder in bees, Good Morning America will focus a segment Wednesday on newer classes of pesticides that are derived from natural ingredients. Barring any unforeseen news event that takes precedence, I’ll be on the air sometime between 7-9 a.m. eastern time.

The bottom line is that consumers want safer products. Manufacturers are getting the message by delivering new products that are kinder for the environment and far less risky for human and animal health. Many times, the ingredients are food-grade products that are exempted from regulation by the EPA under FIFRA:

The oil spill in the Gulf makes this another timely issue. Virtually all synthetic pesticides are derived from petroleum; a transition to natural products reduces our dependence on oil.

Earth-tone Insecticidal Soap from Espoma: A fast-acting contact insecticide that is approved for organic gardening, it may be applied to edibles up to the day of harvest and does not persist in the environment. INSECTICIDAL SOAPS work by breaking down the bug’s protective coating, causing it to dehydrate and die. It’s NOT dish detergent like many people think. This has been formulated with proprietary fatty acids.

Targeted Insects (This insecticidal soap helps control insect pests such as, but is not limited to):
Aphids, Mealy bugs, Spider mites, Soft brown scale Psyllids, Rose or pear slugs (sawfly larvae), Earwigs, Whiteflies, Thrips, and Tent Caterpillars.

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Bulls-Eye Bioinsecticide from GardensAlive: Legend has it that a scientist on vacation on a Caribbean island found a previously undiscovered soil organism around an abandoned rum distillery. Though the organism, a bacterium called Saccharopolyspora spinosa, has never been found anywhere in the world since, the story — and host of new BIOINSECTICIDES — live on.

The active ingredient in Bull’s-Eye is Spinosad. Bull’s-Eye Bioinsecticide is for residential use in home gardens, lawns and ornamentals. Bull’s-Eye reportedly does not significantly impact predatory beneficial insects, predatory mites and spiders, while controlling target pests. The product doesn’t kill immediately since the insects must feed on it first.

Targeted Insects: Foliage-feeding worms (caterpillars), leafminers, Colorado potato beetles, thrips, fruitworms, cabbage loopers, borers, tent caterpillars, gypsy moths, webworms, spider mites, fruit flies and FIRE ANTS (a big one in the South).

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Mosquito & Tick Control from EcoSmart: Here’s a brand that is taking the marketplace by storm because it’s made with eco-exempt FOOD-GRADE INGREDIENTS. The company makes all sorts of insect controls, but this one is especially valuable to gardeners in regions like the Northeast where Lyme Disease has become a major concern. The active ingredients read like a Simon & Garfunkel song: Rosemary, thyme, along with peppermint and sesame.

Targeted Insects: Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas, Gnats, Crickets, Millipedes & Mites.

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Fruit & Vegetable Insect Spray by Dr. Earth: Made from ESSENTIAL OILS including cinnamon oil, clove oil, garlic extract, coconut oil, mineral oil, wintergreen oil, safflower oil, molasses and water, this product blocks the insects’ neurotransmitters so they quickly perish.

Targeted Insects: Controls Aphids, Leafhoppers, Japanese Beetles, Caterpillars, Whiteflies, Mealybugs, Mites, Scale and others.

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LawnSafe Insect Control by Firebelly Organics: Made from the oil of cedar trees, this product deters insect with an aroma that can be lethal to the bugs, but safe for humans and the environment. This is also a good product to apply BEFORE the insects arrive on the scene as a deterrent.

Targeted Insects: Beetles, Chiggers, Chinch Bugs, Crickets, Fleas, Flies, White Flies, Gnats, Grasshoppers, Mosquitoes, Moths, No-See-Ums, Roaches, Scorpions, Silverfish, Ticks, Weevils and even Snakes

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Probably the most famous and common “beneficial” insect is the lady bug, which eats aphids, mealybugs, mites, scale insects and thrips. We will have a few bags of lady bugs from GardensAlive on the air with us:


ALWAYS read the directions even though these products are safer and approved for organic growing. Don’t overuse them and be careful, especially, when you’re applying some of these products around bodies of water.

The goal ought to be to use as little product as possible and if you garden in a healthy, organic way, the need for even natural insect controls should be minimal.

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Monterey Lawn & Garden (organic line):

Bonide Garden Naturals:

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Ortho EcoSense:

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • Scott Trevisan

    Paul, thank you for what you are doing. I will be out spraying Bio Green tomorrow morning but I will have to record GMA, so I can watch in the afternoon.

    Best regards,
    Scott Trevisan

  • Mik Beetham


    Great job getting the word out. I look forward to seeing it and will pass it on to my customers!


    Mik Beetham

  • Diane

    This is great and I will definitely tune in. We sell versions of all these products at the organic garden center I work at in CT. Customers are appreciating the fact they can control garden pests in a safer way and we love to teach the “good” bugs from the “bad”. We sold ladybugs for the first time this season and it was great to see peoples reaction to them on the shelf!

  • Carolyn Spector Gillis

    I was forced to leave me condo in Maine partly becz of these crazy people spraying recklessly and needless for profits.
    I am now very happy living in a sustainable village in Tucson

  • Milo Shammas

    Paul, You are an asset to our environment, and the importance of biodiversity rests on strong individuals like you who are vocal and selfless. thank you and keep up the fight.

  • Gregg Suver

    Keep up the work Paul. I see more people adapting these practices. Always glad to use beneficials.

  • Adam – Neem oil expert

    Hi to everyone. I’m adam teaser and i’m a retired Bio-science researcher with 11 years of experience in the field. I read the article and I want rate this as an informative one. With the kind permission of the author I would like to add a fact to make it even more informative that Neem Oil is considered as one of the Best Natural pesticides by EPA (Environment Protection Agency, US). Farmers in USA are advised to use Neem oil as a Bio-pesticide for their farms and gardens for effective pest controlling. It is also proved to be efficient against most of the farm pests. Neem oil obtained by Cold press method is strictly prescribed.

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  • mary k orlando

    I have been uusing ‘Gardens alive’ for a few years and ‘Espoma’ products for many years. Can you talk about the least action you need to do to get your ever-blooming roses to bloom and be healhy. Besides cutting the 2 roses off one of them,below a 5 leaf leafelet. I fed them with, ‘Espoma Rose’ tone and putting my compost on them . I also put banana peels around the roses,eggshells soaked for a week in a covered jar of water, and water them wth this sulution.I Know they are heavy feeders. I plant chives and garlic around them too.
    On a fixed Income, I need any natural ingredients that are readily available.
    I have seven large roses, and 8 mini roses.any help is wellcome.Sincerley, God’s blessings on you and staff, Mary K

  • Jenny Thorn

    Thanks for your helpful post!
    Silverfish is a real plaque here where I live.
    It’s very humid even inside the house -haven’t an aircondition
    You Post coveres some of the also useful facts from which helps me to get rid of silverfish.

    Thanks again and keep going on


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  • Michele

    My parents have carpenter or wood boring bees up in the wood board covering their back porch overhang or eave. I have swayed them toward organic lawncare and gardening but is there any safe method for deterring or getting rid of borer bees? I know they’re cute and generally don’t sting but they make a mess and can get out of hand…

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