Pesticides Made Out of Spices

The next generation of pesticides may just smell good enough to eat, but pack an even greater punch to insect pests. Scientists are finally discovering how to harness the chemical powers in spices that naturally deter insects from touching those plants. Rosemary, Thyme, and Cinnamon in particular are the spices being made into a new kind of pesticide. They are already proving to be powerful insect fighters and humans have no need to worry about their safety, as these killer spices only harm bugs, not humans. One added bonus is they’re also environmentally friendly.

The concept is one that has been around for centuries. Humans have been extracting the oils from these spices to protect their food for a long time. Now, however, scientists are finally able to understand just how these spices work to harm insects and are finding new and better ways to harness their powers. They have been able isolate two messenger molecules in insect’s brains that the essential oils can mess with. The oils can easily penetrate the cell membranes, making them a perfect tool to use against insects. The oils will be used to block or over-stimulate these molecules, which will make insects become hyper and fly away, and in high enough doses they could even fry the poor bastards nervous systems.

What do you think of this new kind of insecticide? Would you use it?

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