Hi Kathy –
Planet Natural believes that the common sense approach to pest control is to create a balance of organisms in your yard or garden. In a diverse ecosystem pest populations are managed naturally. Development of this balance relies on products that minimize harm to beneficial insects — the good bugs! If you decide to treat a problem, the Natural Pest Control section of our website is set up to help you combat pests in the most cost-effective and safest way possible. Just hover over the link at the top of this page and you will see the following categories listed in order from least to most damaging to pest predators and the environment. Keep in mind that everything that we offer is less toxic than something you might find in a can of RAID®.
Insect Traps – Containing no pesticides, traps use colors/ shapes, pheromone lures or food to capture problem pests.
Barriers/ Repellents – These non-lethal, yet effective products act like barbed wire to keep pests away.
Beneficial Insects – Combat bad bugs with good bugs. Release beneficial insects, both as a preventative and as a control measure.
Bio-Pesticides – Better — and safer — than chemicals, biological pest control products are very effective against their target insects but are non-toxic to humans, pets, wildlife and beneficial insects.
Soaps, Oils & Abrasives – These environmentally friendly pest control products are made from natural, non-or-minimally toxic ingredients that are short-lived in the environment.
Botanical Insecticides – These natural pesticides break down quickly in the environment and are less toxic than commercial sprays. However, they are still toxic and should only be used after other least-toxic options have been tried. To minimize harm to pollinators and other beneficial insects, we recommend spot treating the problem area rather than blanket spraying your entire yard or garden.
To answer your question, all of our herbal sprays are low in toxicity and short-lived in the environment. However, they are not specific to pest insects. To prevent harming your ladybugs and praying mantis make sure to spot-treat the trouble areas. Most herbal sprays are ineffective hours after application.
Hope this helps!