About the Chemicals We Use: Synthetic Botanicals


By Rick Orr
Lawn tech spraying a lawn
Millions and millions of lawns will be sprayed today and no person or pet will be harmed

Botanical Insecticides

Pyrethrin, a natural insecticide found in marigolds and chrysanthemums has been a part of our environment since creation. It kills bugs on contact but is harmless to humans and pets. Organic gardeners often plant marigolds next to tomatoes to deter insects. Pyrethrin is so effective insecticide, the plant only produces very small amounts. So little, harvesting pyrethrin from a field of marigolds is not practical.

Better Lawn Care with Modern Chemistry

The good news is the chemical engineers can create pyrethrin in the laboratory. They can manufacture a pharmaceutical-grade synthetic pyrethrin (pyrethroids) at a fraction of the cost of natural pyrethrin. The pyrethroids have many of the same characteristics as the natural pyrethrin - effective, safe, environmentally friendly. And one distinct difference - it is far cheaper than harvesting pyrethrin from chrysanthemums.

How Safe are Synthetic Botanicals?

I don’t recommend bathing in pyrethroids but the flea shampoo you use on your pet contains pyrethroids. Not only is synthetic pyrethrin safe but very “green” as it breaks down quickly into harmless elements and does not move from target areas. Synthetic pyrethrin is a safe, effective, economical solution for lawn and ornamental pest control.

Not Everyone will Understand

Perception is everything and most people think that I carry deadly skull and crossbones poisons on my truck and I am destroying the environment. But quite the opposite is true, my lawn spray mixture contains synthetic botanicals - pyrethroids which are very effective for lawn pests in very small amounts and harmless to man, animals and the environment.

Relax and Enjoy Your Lawn

Lawn spraying is very safe for you, your family, pets and environment. Millions and millions of lawns are sprayed every day and not one pet or human has been harmed. Gone are the days of skull and cross bone toxic insecticides and we now live in the age of modern chemicals to provide safe, earth friendly and effective protection for your lawn.



Rick Orr Owner-Staff Agronomist Barefoot Grassl/Creator of ILOVETURF.COM
Staff Agronomist at Barefoot Grass

Since 1995, Rick Orr has worked in Pinellas County providing turf management and pest control. Rick Orr is a graduate of VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology) and the creator of Iloveturf.com. 

Since graduating from VA Tech in 1979, Rick worked in the green industry, mostly with golf courses, resorts, and large communities. Rick has obtained certifications in arboriculture, landscape, irrigation, and taught Environmental Horticulture at St Petersburg College. 

Currently, Rick is the Staff Agronomist at Barefoot Grass in Largo, FL. To learn more about Barefoot Grass https://www.barefootgrass.com/ Free Price Quote from Barefoot Grass for Home Pest Control and/or Lawn Care https://www.barefootgrass.com/contact-weed-control/ 

Find Rick on these social sites: