EcoSMART’s patented technology is based on the natural defenses that plants and trees use for their self protection against insects and pathogens – essential oils. After over a decade of research, EcoSMART had developed revolutionary and proprietary combinations of efficacious insecticidal plant oils that offer viable botanical-based alternatives to conventional pesticides.
Why EcoSMART’s Patented Botanical Products Are A Better Choice:
- Unique and Patented Mode-of-Action
- Unprecedented Margin of Safety
- Extremely Effective Against a Broad Spectrum of Insect Pests
- Cost Effective and Easy-To-Use Versus Conventional Products
- Performance Comparable to Conventional Products
- Perfect Fit For All IPM and “Green” Programs
- No Known Pest Resistance Issues
Green pest control’s unique m-of-action targets insects: Not People or the Environment
The Octopamine Blocker
- Octopamine is a key neurotransmitter found in invertebrates (i.e. insects).
- Octopamine is the insect’s equivalent to adrenaline. It regulates their heart rate, movement, behavior and metabolism.
- This unique molecular structure in EcoSMART Botanicals™ targets and blocks the Octopamine neurotransmitter receptors in insects.
- Blocking Octopamine results in a total breakdown of the insect’s central nervous system.
- Mammals, birds and fish do not have receptors for Octopamine, so EcoSMART Botanical Oils have no adverse effect on them.
No Compromises. Naturally.
Essentria™: What It Is
The active ingredient in Essentria™ products is a proprietary combination of plant essential oils. Essential oils are present primarily in aromatic plants – those often used as herbs or for their scent. In these plants, essential oils serve many functions, including helping to regulate evaporation, attract specific insects for pollination, and, most importantly, defending the plant against insects and microorganisms.
When these essential oils are extracted from plants — a relatively straightforward process using steam — they can be used alone or in combination to formulate insect control products.
Essentria products use a combination of essential oils that match specific ‘markers’ in the target pest’s central nervous systems. The result: natural insecticide compounds that provide fast knockdown and outstanding control of a wide range of insects. With Essentria, there is no compromise between control and safety profile.
Essentria™: How It Works
The essential oils that comprise the active ingredients in Essentria products work by disrupting neurotransmitter function in target insects. Neurotransmitters conduct nerve impulses between neurons (nerve cells) and other body parts, such as muscles. The neurotransmitter binds to a receptor site on the affected cell, and then is broken down and deactivated by enzymes.
Octopamine is an insect’s version of adrenaline.
In invertebrates, with their simpler nervous systems, a multi-functional chemical known as octopamine handles many of these functions.
By targeting octopamine receptors, essential oils provide insecticidal activity with a much wider margin of safety than other products. Because vertebrates like birds, fish, dogs and people don’t have octopamine receptors; they are not affected by the Essentria mode of action. And, by combining multiple essential oil compounds that have varied profiles, Essentria products provide highly effective control of a wide range of insect pests. The result is natural insect control with no compromises.
BORA CARE – one of our favorite products!
The active ingredient in Bora-Care is a borate salt. Borate salts work by taking advantage of a unique feature in the biology of termites, ants and other insects. If ingested by ants, beetles or termites, the insect becomes unable to extract nutrition from its food and starves to death. And because of this unique mode of action, insects cannot develop a resistance, ever. Bora-Care works differently than most other insecticides, termiticides and even other borate products on the market today. For starters, it isn’t applied to the soil but to the structure itself. Secondly, it isn’t just a repellent or a bait but a little bit of each. Bora-Care’s unique patented blend of glycols in combination with a borate salt provides results that are hard to beat. As soon as beetles and ants attempt to consume treated wood they die. Subterranean termites won’t even try to eat treated wood and if they attempt to build a tube on treated wood, the termites start to die. This alerts the termite colony and they abandon the wood.
Twelve years of efficacy studies and treatments in the field since 1990 have shown Bora-Care’s ability to prevent termites and other wood-destroying insects from consuming wood or tubing over treated wood to reach untreated wood. Bora-Care simply eliminates wood as a food source. In addition, hundreds of studies have confirmed the effectiveness of borates as a preservative, including more than 40 studies confirming its wood-protecting power.
Bora-Care prevents subterranean termites from tubing across treated wood and other structural materials. In addition, a study by Louisiana State University demonstrated that even Formosan termites can’t tube over concrete treated with Bora-Care.
Pretreatments can be done quickly; Infestations are handled with ease. Pretreating a home for subterranean termites with Bora-Care is fast and efficient and there is no need for the construction crew to leave the job site. Use Bora-Care on new construction. For termite pretreatments, Bora-Care can be applied directly to the wood with a portable backpack sprayer or a tank sprayer. Simply spray a two-foot tall continuous barrier onto all structural materials in contact with the foundation. This includes walls, piers, interior slab or basement walls, plumbing penetrations, pipe chases, bath traps, and any other foundation penetrations. This insures that all termite entry-points are treated. Or use it as a whole-house treatment to prevent infestations of drywood termites, wood destroying beetles, decay fungi and to provide general pest protection.