The history of spinosad dates back to 1982, when a scientist on vacation in the Caribbean collected soil samples from an abandoned rum distillery. After extensive laboratory research, these soil samples were found to contain a new species of actinomycete bacteria. When fermented, this unique bacterium produced two insecticidal metabolites, spinosyn A and spinosyn D. An effective mixture of these metabolites was developed and called spinosad.
Since 1988, numerous insecticides containing spinosad have been introduced. Spinosad has shown to be a successful treatment for a variety of garden pest insects along with parasitic insects like lice and fleas. Spinosad is most effective by ingestion or direct contact with the insect, but further studies are showing its potential as a plant systemic. Once the insect consumes or absorbs spinosad, their nervous system goes berserk. The overstimulation of motor neurons causes the insect to die of exhaustion in as little as 1-2 days.
Monterey Garden Insect Spray is a spinosad-based insecticide designed for multiple insects including thrips, whiteflies, caterpillars, fruit flies, leaf-miners and mites. Monterey Garden Insect Spray is classified by the USDA as an organic substrate and is OMRI listed for use in organic production. UV light or soil microbes quickly break spinosad down into carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen, so it will not persist in the environment for an extended period of time. This is a safe alternative to the residual chemical insecticides which usually have an extremely long half-life. Monterey Garden Insect Spray gives gardeners the power to destroy infestations in their Medical Marijuana crop without compromising the heath of the environment or themselves.
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