I’m a big fan of using orange oil as a pesticide in my garden. I don’t have a lot of problems with pests in the garden, but when I do that’s my first choice. So far that is all I’ve needed down here. Now scientists have found oregano oil works well too.
New research in the Society of Chemical Industry’s Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture shows that oregano oil works as well as synthetic insecticides to combat infestation by a common beetle, Rhizoppertha dominica, found in stored cereals.
Not only does oregano oil work as well as synthetic versions but it has none of the associated side effects of synthetic insecticides on the environment.
Growing resistance to synthetic insecticides combined with potential environmental damage and new government directives on changes to the way chemicals are registered means that scientists are increasingly looking at natural alternatives that can be produced in the large scale quantities needed for agricultural industry use. . . . [ read more Oregano oil works well as synthetic insecticides to tackle common beetle pest]
Keep an eye out in your store, I’m hoping we’ll see it soon.
Oregano as a plant has long been planted near vegetables as a deterrent to pests. This just makes it a little easier.