Organic pesticides are made from natural substances that are toxic to specific insects but intended to be harmless to people and animals.
Common active ingredients include oil for suffocating insects, bacteria that are lethal only to a specific insect, and sharp particles that lacerate the soft bodies of insects, causing them to dehydrate and die. Some organic pesticides also contain substances that interfere with an insect's ability to function normally or that interrupt its life cycle. Others, like soap, kill certain kinds of insects on contact.
While organic pesticides are generally considered safe for humans and the environment, they can be harmful if used improperly. It is important to read and follow the instructions on the label before using any solution and seek the help of experts when needed.