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Pyrethrum Daisy And Citrus Peels - Where Insecticide Meets Beauty And Fresh Scent.

Updated on December 14, 2009
Historical painting of Chrysanthemums from the New International Encyclopedia 1902. Including the Pyrethrum Daisy.
Historical painting of Chrysanthemums from the New International Encyclopedia 1902. Including the Pyrethrum Daisy.

In mankind's struggle to find safer alternatives to insecticide spray, man has turned to nature to find effective and non-toxic ways to control and remove crop and flower-destroying insects. Who knew that a lowly flower and the peel of a citrus fruit would bring about such amazing results.

* The Pyrethrum Daisy

Known as the "daisy with the kick of a mule", this unassuming member of the chrysanthemum family resembles the daisy.

Looks can be deceiving however. Even the invincible cockroach, and the toughest mosquito are no match to this diminutive flower. Pretty enough to display in a vase, yet powerful enough to pack a punch to almost all pests it meets!

In powder form, pyrethrum has been used as an natural and extremely effective insecticide for thousands of years. It was even once used as a lice treatment in the Middle East!

Unlike synthetic insecticides; insects pests do not develop a resistance to this more natural - safe-to-man-and-domestic-animal insecticide. It's no wonder that pyrethrum is slowly making a comeback.

Among it's other uses, pyrethrum can be added to water supplies and used to protect stored food supplies without the fear of harmful contamination.

In addition, since pyrethrum is unstable in strong sunlight, there is no danger of it staying active long enough to upset the "balance of nature."

* Citrus Peels

Not only hazardous for your health, insecticides aren't the most pleasant smelling in the world. According to the magazine Science News, scientist at the University of Georgia announced that they had found an insecticide that is not only safe, but easy on the nose as well.

Found in the skin of fruits such as lemons and oranges, the oil from the peels of these citrus fruit "killed all insects tested - fire ants, houseflies, stable flies, black soldier flies, paper wasps and grey crickets."

Non-toxic to humans and other animals, scientist are now trying to determine what exactly is in the fruit peels that kills insect so effectively.

Once again, it is truly the "earth's bounty" that has the greatest potential of providing effective and safe insect control. Thereby, making our planet an environmentally safer place to live.

A More Natural Form Of Insecticides.


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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      You can actually purchase pyrethrum based insecticides online at amazon - there are a few listed above in the amazon capsules. I have also come across pyrethrum based insecticides and citrus based insect repellants in my local health food store. Places like "Natures Pantry" and "Brighter Day" is where I have run across them. You can try "Orange Gaurd" - which is an citrus based inside-outside pest control, which can be used around food, pets, and humans.

      I have also used Ecosense brand outdoor insect killer (by Ortho) which uses only a small amount of pyrethrins and canola oil. I hope this information is of help to you.

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      8 years ago

      I was looking into this to kill fleas in my car and came across your post. Do you if you can get this stuff anywhere or only special places? Thanks for the great info!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I hope this is helps you. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment Kind Regards.

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      Kind Regards 

      8 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

      Veronica Allen, This Hub caught my eye because the flies do a number each summer to my precious St. Bernard's ears and I'm fed up with it. So I'm always looking for solutions. Thank you. Kind Regards

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I know, this is so cool right?! Thanks for stopping by Habee.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      GREAT hub! Leave it to us Georgians to discover something wonderful like this! lol

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Your welcome fastfreta. I believe pyrethrum kills just about any insect. I ran across this information when I was looking for a more natural way to control pest. Since it was synthetic pestisides that was the main contributor to my toddlers eczema condition. Isn't amazing what nature has to offer us?

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      I've heard of the citrus peel insecticide, but the pyrethrum Daisy, I've never heard of. I wonder if it can kill spiders. Here in So. Cal, spiders are our nemesis. I am going to look into it. Thanks, for this very well written hub.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I completely agree BkCreative. It was the residuals from pesticide spray that brought my toddler's eczema condition on. From then on I've been much more aware of how potent and dangerous this stuff really is. From then on I've been passionate about finding an healthier alternative. I've had to become an advocate for my childrens health. I can't expect anyone else to do it. That's why I'm doing everything in my power to choose nature over synthethic, not only is it better for our children, it's better for the whole environment.

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You know Veronica Allen - It's mind boggling when I think about the highly toxic dangerous pesticides that have been allowed to be sold on the market - and this to use in our homes where we live, eat and breathe. I don't embarass easily but I admit I feel this way when I think about how poorly we are treated in this country. Anything toxic goes and we blame the consumer for buying it - but not the deadly manufacturer for making it. And we say that is freedom. We can buy this deadly product or that deadly product. Some freedom of choice.

      Sorry about the rant - but our children are suffering the repercussions of these decades of total irresponsibility.

      I said all that to say thanks for this great hub with natural alternatives which shouldn't be the first thing we consider but the only thing.

      Whew! Now I'm all worked up. I'll go work on a hub!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      thanks creativeone59 - I was pretty amazed by this myself. I have tried lemonjuice to get rid of black ants and it works very well.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      You never cease to amaze me, citrus oil from oranges,lemons and grapefruits ward of all kinds of insects without using insecticides. thanks again. creativeone59


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