About the Chemicals We Use: Synthetic Botanicals


By Rick Orr 04/20/2020
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-Operator APL Pest Control/Creator of ILOVETURF.COM
APL Pest Control

Rick Orr is the creator of Iloveturf.com, Owner/Operator of APL Pest Control and a graduate from VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology).  

Since 1980, Rick worked in the green industry, mostly with golf courses, resorts and large communities. Rick worked as a Golf Course Superintendent of Fripp Island Resort, agronomist for Seaside, FL and the spray tech for Vinoy Golf Course. Rick has been certified as an arborist, landscape and irrigation contractor and adjunct professor for Environmental Horticulture (SPC) in Pinellas County.  

Home Pest Control came naturally. Entomology (bug science) was part of agronomy studies. Nearly every indoor pest problem starts outdoors. Crossing over to home pest control from lawn spraying was a natural process – the technology, methods and materials used for home pest control are modifications of the ones used for lawn spraying. 

The results of that work is a one of the top rated pest control companies in Pinellas County – APL Pest Control. APL Pest Control is a family owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL. 

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