by Karen Marquardt
In Austin, we are very aware of the need to protect our environment. We recycle, we try to reduce packaging and we want to have as little impact on the environment as we can. Many of us enjoy buying organic produce and finding alternatives to using harsh chemicals around our homes. But words like “organic,” “natural,” and “green” are thrown around quite a lot, so let’s talk about what these terms mean.
Use of the term “organic” is highly regulated, particularly in the pest control industry. You can find all of the rules and regulations on the USDA website, but the gist of it is that only products that have met a series of strict requirements may be labeled as organic. Organic products are not necessarily more effective than other products, and they are not necessarily more environmentally friendly, especially if they are not applied according to the label instructions.
Confusingly, in chemistry, the term “organic” refers to any chemical compound that contains carbon. By this definition, gasoline, isopropyl alcohol, cocaine, propane, sugar and many other materials are organic, and this has nothing to do with the manner in which they are produced.
To meet the demands of environmentally conscious customers, Mosquito Squad offers an all natural service. The product we use for this service is made from the extract of various plants that repel mosquitoes. We say it is “all natural” because all of the ingredients are found in nature and are simply concentrated into liquid form. It does not, however, meet organic labeling guidelines. We also add a surfactant to help this product emulsify in water and stick to the surfaces we apply it to.
At Mosquito Squad, we care about the environment too. We use just enough of our product to provide the best result that we can. Whether you choose the traditional service or the all natural service, we are confident that you will see great results.