Horticulturists using integrated pest management programs appreciate the convenience of a one-stop-shop. Unique to each garden, an integrated pest management program might require purchasing many products. A horticulturist’s time is valuable and finding a reputable dealer who offers a wide variety of quality products at fair prices is crucial to maximizing the return on investment. Wholesalers who offer direct sales, in addition to the retailers they partner with, give the horticulturist a choice between shopping online or visiting a brick and mortar location. Regardless of the preference to purchase online or from a storefront, growers are always looking for the best value, i.e. quality products at a fair price. This is why horticulturists looking for a reputable distributor for all of their gardening needs should look no further than Left Coast Wholesale.
Left Coast Wholesale got its unofficial start in March of 2009 when the owners were hand-stitching GeoPots and selling them door to door. After years of hard work and dedication, the GeoPot line took off, allowing the company to expand and establish Left Coast Wholesale. Throughout its rapid expansion, Left Coast Wholesale never lost sight of the fact that its achievements were a direct result of the trust and support of its customers. This is why it continues to make customer service its top-priority. In fact, Left Coast Wholesale is made up of a team of dedicated and educated members who provide unmatched customer service and support to the customers. Through this top-notch customer service, Left Coast Wholesale provides a wide selection of products for indoor and outdoor horticulturists and greenhouse hobbyists. Among Left Coast Wholesale’s products are many that can be utilized in an integrated pest management program, including two OMRI approved pesticides: Guard ’n Spray and Ecoworks EC.
Integrated pest management, or IPM, is the practice of focusing on long-term prevention of pest insects and/or pest insect damage by managing the ecosystem. IPM programs take a multifaceted approach to pest insect control. One of the most important factors within an IPM program is what types of insecticides and fungicides are used. Gardeners who truly care about their own health and the environment are turning away from harsh chemical insecticides and fungicides and are instead relying on plant-based insecticides and fungicides.
Indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse gardens are all susceptible to pest insects and the use of pesticides is quite common in horticulture. Unfortunately, many of the pesticides used are derived from chemical ingredients that can leave behind dangerous residuals. Vegetables, fruits, and other consumable plants should never be treated with an insecticide or fungicide that could pose a health risk to the horticulturist or the end consumer. The good news is that many horticulturists have learned that organic-based pesticides and fungicides are just as effective at treating and preventing pest insects as their chemical counterparts. Although it is still very important that the manufacturer’s application instructions for organic-based insecticides and fungicides be followed exactly, they are generally safer options for both the gardener and the end consumer. Organic pesticides and fungicides are also generally better for the environment and are less likely to negatively affect beneficial insects.
Guard ‘n Spray is an OMRI certified, organic insecticide and fungicide containing food-grade active ingredients. This multi-purpose spray can be used to treat not only pest insects, such as spider mites, broad mites, aphids, fungus gnats, whiteflies, beetles, and thrips, but also pathogenic fungi, such as powdery mildew and downy mildew. Due to its all-natural, food-grade-based formula, Guard ‘n Spray will not harm beneficial insect pollinators and is safe to use around people and pets. Guard ’n Spray’s components feature mechanisms of action that will be fatal to pest insect adults, larvae, and eggs.
For any pest insect treatment to work effectively, the pest insects must be treated in all stages of their life cycles. A proper treatment program for pest insects will treat all stages of that insect’s life cycle. Similarly, an effective treatment program for fungal pathogens will address prevention and all stages of the pathogen’s life cycle. Guard ’n Spray is unique in the garden because it effectively treats all stages of both pest insect and pathogenic fungi life cycles. In other words, Guard ’n Spray is a full spectrum organic insecticide and fungicide and is a perfect fit in any IPM program. The secret behind Guard ’n Spray’s effectiveness is its formula’s proprietary combination of organic oils and citric acid. Citric acid helps break down and desiccate exoskeletons and fungal spores on contact, before the pest insect or pathogenic fungi is able to establish itself in the garden. Guard ’n Spray’s formulation of food-grade cinnamon, rosemary, and sesame oils works to desiccate, starve, and suffocate garden pest insects.
As an insecticide, cinnamon oil extract works by disrupting a pest insect’s neurotransmitters. Many times this disruption repels pest insects, as well as discouraging them from consuming the plant material. Because these neurotransmitters are specific to insects, cinnamon-based insecticides are extremely safe for people, pets, and other vertebrates. Cinnamon-based insecticides are generally derived from cinnamon bark which is considered a traditional insect repellant.
Rosemary is a highly effective insect repellant for two spotted spider mites, thrips, aphids, and other soft-bodied insects, especially when combined with other botanical oils. Rosemary is toxic to pest insects when consumed. Rosemary’s mode of action is specific to insects so rosemary-based insecticides will have no adverse effects on mammals or birds.
Sesame oil can be used as an insecticide by itself or in combination with other essential oils or insecticidal ingredients. Sesame oils are toxic to pest insects when consumed and can also interrupt feeding and stunt a pest insect’s growth. The sesame oil used in Guard ’n Spray is derived from roasted sesame seeds, which have a higher level of the insecticidal compounds.
In addition to the botanical oils found in quality products like Guard ’n Spray, neem oil is a popular botanical oil used as a pesticide among horticulturists. Neem oil is a naturally occurring pesticide found in the seed of the neem tree. The vast majority of neem products originate from the Indian subcontinent where the neem tree is thought to have originated. The neem tree is considered by many to be of divine origin. The Vedas called neem “Sarv Roga Nivarni”, which means “one that cures all ailments and ills”.
Like other products derived from the neem tree, neem oil is prized by many for its healing qualities. Once extracted, neem oil is generally yellow to brown in color and has a bitter taste. Neem oil is not a new insecticide. In fact, it has been used for hundreds of years to control pests and diseases. However, the process of extracting neem oil has progressed over the years. To obtain neem oil, the seeds are broken open and the kernels separated. The kernels are then pressed to expel the oil. This cold-pressed oil can be used in pesticides, or in other non-edible products, such as soaps. Some neem oil is produced through a solvent extraction from the neem seed cake. Solvent-extracted neem oil is of lower quality than the cold-pressed neem oil. In addition to being the exclusive dealer of Guard ’n Spray, Left Coast Wholesale now exclusively offers a powerful, cold-processed neem-based pest control product called Ecoworks EC.
Ecoworks EC is an OMRI certified, EPA registered 4-in-1 insecticide, miticide, nematicide, and fungicide. Ecoworks EC is not a leaf-shine or a processed neem-based extraction. Instead, it is created through a method involving cold-processed virgin neem oil. This process yields a product that is pure, virgin neem oil which still contains azadirachtin, neem limonoids, fatty acids, esters, and other components that leaf-shines and processed neem products lack. The leftover remnants from the cold-processed extraction are used in another Left Coast Wholesale product: EcoMax Neem Kernel Fertilizer.
The complete use of the neem fruit further demonstrates Left Coast Wholesale’s commitment to more eco-friendly products and processes. Like Guard ’n Spray, Ecoworks EC will not harm beneficial insect pollinators, making it a perfect addition to any IPM program. The multiple active ingredients found in Ecoworks EC deliver superior full-spectrum pest treatment and can effectively treat the most common pest insect and disease issues, including spider mites and powdery mildew. Ecoworks EC is a truly sustainable product. Not only does the manufacturing process support the rural communities in India that rely on the annual harvesting of neem as a primary source of income, but Ecoworks EC is carbon neutral. Again, these are all examples of how Left Coast Wholesale goes above and beyond to provide multiple, high quality products with a low environmental impact.
Growers looking for a source of environmentally friendly products perfect for any IPM program should take a look at Left Coast Wholesale. Whether buying direct or through a retailer, Left Coast Wholesale has made sourcing eco-friendly horticultural supplies for indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse gardens reliable and convenient.