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.