Defender | Natural Insecticide
Always start by shaking Defender well. We recommend diluting it by 8 ounces of product per gallon of water, and you can use up to 16 ounces of product for highly infested areas. 1 gallon of this diluted mixture can cover 1,500–7,500 square feet.
Apply with a pump sprayer or backpack blower. Cover all shrubs, trees, equipment and turf areas.
Since Defender kills on contact, you can apply it whenever you begin to see a pest problem, like nymphs or eggs. We do not recommend using Defender as a preventative product. Defender is effective for 21–28 days and can then be reapplied whenever a pest issue reappears.
*Do not apply directly to aquatic environments.
**Avoid direct sunlight. Store at temperatures above 40°F. Keep container tightly closed in a well-ventilated area.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Beautiful yards without dangerous chemicals
With all-natural pest control from the experts at Southland Organics, it's possible to have a beautiful yard that's safe your family, pets, and the environment.
Defender uses a combination of organic essential oils and natural stabilizers to get rid of annoying pests in your grass and soil. Rather than leaving a heavy garlic or industrial park-like smell around your yard, Defender leaves a nice lemon eucalyptus scent.
All-Natural and Safe
Merely saying a product is "all-natural" does not mean it is also safe. Poison ivy is natural, but if you are allergic to it, it is not a good idea to handle the vines. When we say "all-natural and safe," we mean our products are safe to use around children, pets and livestock, plus don't harm beneficial critters like bees and butterflies. Ranchers buy our bulk product to spray on horses, cattle, goats and sheep to keep the flies away. It's just that safe.
How It Works
Our blend of organic oils does two main things to lead to fewer mosquitoes in your yard.
The blend of oils and stabilizers creates a coating that dries on soft-bodied pests, like mosquitoes, causing them to be unable to breathe. The stabilizers make the oil stay long enough to dry and do the job.
During the day, mosquitoes hide underneath leaves and around aquatic habitats, such as gutter drains. That's why we recommend spraying during this time when the mosquito population is hiding in leaves and still water.
When our spray dries, the smell becomes unnoticeable to humans because we don't have the same kind of noses as insects. But for the insects, the scent of the essential oils stays. The bloodsuckers do not like these odors. It says "DANGER!" to them. Beneficial insects are sometimes attracted to these odors, so they don't mind visiting your lawn after Defender has dried.
The smell can stay for a month or longer, depending on factors like temperature and precipitation. Defender essentially creates a barrier around your yard, causing insects to turn around when they reach the natural wall.
Mother Nature produces plenty of natural and safe pesticides. You've probably heard of and used pyrethrum, a natural wasp killer made from the chrysanthemum flower.
Both citronella candles and citronella oil burned in tiki torches (to keep mosquitoes away from the Fourth of July backyard barbecue!) are taken from the rind of citrus fruits.
Neem oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the seeds of an evergreen tree.
Diatomaceous earth is made of the fossilized remains of phytoplankton, the microscopic critters in the ocean, and you can't see them without a microscope. It's sold as a powder.
We took a deeper look at the smells and products that Mother Nature supplies to come up with the best blend for an all-natural insecticide.
Defender meets the FIFRA 25(b) exempt product requirements, which means it meets the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) qualifications for natural and safe products. The EPA also says the labeling means "the active ingredient of a product is the ingredient that kills, destroys, mitigates, or repels pests named on the product label." See the criteria for FIFRA 25(b) exemption.
Get Rid of Mosquitoes
With Defender, application is easy.
You'll need a mist blower to spray into your trees and bushes. Standard pump sprayers and garden hose sprayers coat the outside of plants, bushes and ornamental trees, but that’s not quite good enough for an insect-free yard. Mosquitoes, midges, no-see-ums and other pesky bugs like to hide deep inside the bushes. The blower pushes leaves up and away, allowing the mist to penetrate deep into the foliage. No need for a spray bottle that requires a lot of manual labor!
We recommend the Stihl 400 series or the Stihl 200. The Stihl 200 is a much lighter backpack and gets the job done, however it only holds about 2 gallons of water. The 400 series holds more, but gets pretty heavy over time.
If you're spraying livestock, we recommend using a tank and PTO-drive pump to spray the animals and prevent flies from landing on them.
Our spray is fast. You can spray and immediately use your yard. That means if you're planning a big event, like your daughter's wedding reception, spray in the morning, and you are good to go for the rest of the day. For best results, we recommend spraying the day before an event.
Organic gardening is fun but challenging. We know the challenges as we have our own Certified Naturally Grown operation on our farm. No more concoctions of pepper spray, castile soap and clumsy hand spray bottles. Aphids and other insects don't stand a chance against Defender.
Are you a commercial landscaper or property manager? We've assisted many landscapers, spray companies, pest control companies and property managers control mosquitoes with our natural insecticide.
The question: is Defender Natural Insecticide effective? Yes. Tests show it kills more than 80% of the pests, eggs and their larvae within 24 hours.
Because of our confidence in Defender’s effectiveness, our mosquito yard spray company, Spray Squad, has used it for over 6 years.
It's time to start biting back. Get Defender to get 'em when they start getting you.
This product has not been registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Southland Organics represents that this product qualifies for exemption from registration under FIFRA Section 25(b).
At Southland Organics, we believe that nature offers us solutions to the problems it presents. This is the basis for the inclusion of essential oils in several of our products used by homeowners and farmers alike. Our products that have essential oils as “secret ingredients” are Torched Natural Weed Killer, Defender Natural Insecticide, SO Essentials Insect Repellent and Desecticide Natural Insecticide for Poultry.
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts obtained via mechanical pressing or steam distillation of plant material. Each oil has unique physical and chemical properties that makes it useful in a variety of products for human, animal and plant health. These properties can be anything from scent and color to solubility and polarity. For example, if you or I were to have a headache, rosemary or spearmint essential oil can provide some relief due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Citronella is another example of a well-known and commonly utilized essential oil. Rather than curing headaches, citronella is a strong deterrent for flying insects, such as mosquitoes.
Essential oils are a powerful tool offered by nature to alleviate some common problems faced by home and farm owners alike. Here at Southland Organics, we choose to use those tools to our advantage to provide you with safe, natural and effective solutions to the problems you face.
In the case of both Desecticide and Defender, oils that are toxic to insects are combined to create two highly effective insecticides. As an added benefit, some of these oils double as an insect repellent.
While these products are similar and contain many of the same ingredients, they should be used differently. Desecticide is a bit more powerful and “soapy.” Desecticide is better at coating areas. Defender is lighter and sprays better. If you are using a backpack or air sprayer, we recommend Defender. If you are addressing a poultry house or a smaller area, we recommend Desecticide. Both products are safe for pollinators, as long as you don’t spray the pollinators directly with them.
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. They are powerfully fragrant and are non water-based phytochemical made up of volatile aromatic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils, so they are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue. They are usually prepared by techniques such as steam distillation, cold pressing or solvent extraction. We use essential oils in Desecticide, Defender, Torched and SO Essentials.