How do the TickWarriors products affect bees? We consider our formulas to be “Better for the Bees” because they do not contain the toxic chemical compounds found in conventional products. They are not systemic and will not be carried by bees back to their hive, as is the case with many conventional insecticides. Because the ingredients act as a desiccant and do not persist, bees that land where the spray has been applied should be fine.
Ingredients in the TickWarriors Yard Spray and Pest Control are approved for use on agricultural crops by the EPA. They are readily biodegradable and benign to the environment. Bees have coexisted with these ingredients for thousands of years, unlike synthetic compounds which are new to them. Studies on individual ingredients used in TickWarriors products are well established and they are approved for food use. Information on the components they break down into is readily available online, demonstrating safe, biodegradable, nontoxic activity.
How do the TickWarriors sprays affect beneficial soil organisms? TickWarriors products do not penetrate the soil and thus are not expected to kill beneficial soil insects such as earthworms, beetles, nematodes, or microorganisms. The products include a vegetable-based formula that stay on the surface of the area to which it is applied. Additionally, the ingredients are biodegradable and do not absorb or persist in the soil. They break down into organic matter as a fertilizer and subsequently become a food source. As a result, the byproducts are beneficial to the ecosystem and the pollinator habitat.
I see the active ingredient in the TickWarriors sprays is sodium laurel sulfate. Isn’t that harmful to human health and the environment? Several myths have been perpetuated on the internet regarding sodium laurel sulfate, which is a soap. A 2015 article from the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Insights Human and Environmental Toxicity of Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS): Evidence for Safe Use in Household Cleaners clears up a lot of misinformation. An excerpt from the conclusion: