There are many different kinds of insecticides out there, some better than others. There are chemical and natural insecticides and those that rest somewhere in the middle of these two categories. Today I wanted to talk about an insecticide that over time has ambulated not so good of a reputations and it is called Sevin insecticide.
Sevin actually is a brand name that this insecticide rests under. It is produced by Bayer Company. In its core it is an extremely synthetic insecticide that is very chemical and not in the best way.
First time this insecticide was introduced commercially was in 1958. Year 1976 was the peak of this insecticide because about 11 million kilograms of U.S. farm crops were sprayed with this insecticide making it the most used insecticide in the U.S. And it still to this day sits in the top 3 spot of insecticides used on farm crops, home gardens, forestry and for other applications.
This insecticide chemically speaking is in the carbamate family and the active ingredient in Sevin is called carbaryl. When Sevin and carbaryl was invented it was a huge breakthrough in pesticides, because it didn’t concentrate in fat or secreted in milk, making it secure to use it on food crops and farm pasturelands. It also very efficiently kills mosquitoes and other insects, and pest. Unfortunately that also means that this insecticide kills the beneficial insects like honeybees, and if it reaches groundwaters, it contaminates it and all of the living organisms that use it. On top of that carbaryl is also toxic to humans and animals if it comes in contact with skin or is inhaled or injected in any way, which is why although it is legal in the U.S. it is illegal in most countries including United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany and Sweden.
So why is it still being used on crops and in gardens in the U.S. if it is so bad? Well it probably is one of two things. Either many people don’t know how bad Sevin actually is or they see its efficiency and don’t want to try anything else because they think that nothing can compare to it. Is that the truth?
No, it’s not, because there are quite a few alternatives of Sevin. For example the most primitive insecticidal soap is one alternative, as well as neem oil, horticultural oil and microbial insecticides are great alternative too. But if you want more natural alternatives try fighting pests with soap water or fight mosquitoes with natural repellants, such as citronella or peppermint.