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3 Alternatives to Roundup for the Landscape Professional

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With reports on the rise of Roundup’s links to cancer,  more and more of your customers are asking you about alternatives. Whatever their reasons for asking, it’s your job as a landscape professional to locate solid options to meet their needs. 

However, it’s important to note that when your clients ask you to find a Roundup alternative, what they’re really asking for is an alternative to products that use glyphosates. If you already know about the history and controversies surrounding glyphosates, go ahead and skip down to our suggestions at the end. 

But if you need a bit of background or a quick refresher, let’s begin with a bit about what glyphosates are and why they’re so controversial. Then we’ll cover a few alternative products, what they’re using and why that’s beneficial in different settings. 

Background on Glyphosates

Glyphosate is the chemical name for the main ingredient in the world’s best-selling herbicide, Roundup. But it didn’t start there. The compound was first patented in 1961 as a descaling agent used to clean out mineral build-ups in pipes and boilers.  

In 1970, Monsanto scientist John Franz realized it could also be used to kill weeds. Monsanto registered the product under the trade name Roundup in 1974 (1). Widespread adoption of Roundup was so prevalent, that the name became the generic term for any weed-killing compound. 

The patent protection for Monsanto ended in 2000, opening the doors for other companies to market the chemical in their own unique formulas. Today, there are currently over 750 products containing some amount of glyphosate for sale in the US (2). But Roundup is still the name most associated with glyphosates. With more than 300 million pounds of Roundup products being used every year in the US, it is the most used agricultural chemical in the country (3).

The Controversy

If you’ve worked for any amount of time in landscaping, you have no doubt faced debates surrounding Roundup, Glyphosates, and Monsanto. 

Advocates point to the EPA’s findings that “there are no risks of concern to human health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label.”(4). In addition, fans of the compound say that it has been used widely for more than 40 years and is much safer than DDT, atrazine, or paraquat. 

Detractors say glyphosates are linked to an increased risk of contracting Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (5). The World Health Organization released a study in 2015 stating that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”(6). Other studies suggest that glyphosate may be harmful to aquatic life if it finds its way to streams or waterways. 

Another worry is not so much about glyphosate itself but the additional inert ingredients being used alongside it. These inert ingredients are added for various reasons, including improving the handling of the products, making it easier to mix, or aiding the movement of the active ingredients into the plant tissue (1). Because each company has its own unique formula, it’s hard to know and measure how these proprietary compounds act together. Also, ratios of glyphosate in these different products vary widely, with some formulas containing as little as 1% and others as much as 54% glyphosate. 

The Alternatives

Regardless of any personal beliefs about the debate, your client asked you to identify effective alternatives to glyphosate weed killers. What are your options? What are other professionals choosing? 

The good news is that there’s currently no shortage of solid alternatives. If the client doesn’t want glyphosate, other herbicide products are available that are even great at managing glyphosate-resistant weeds. Or maybe your client is looking to go fully organic and likes as natural a solution as possible. There’s something for them as well. 

Roundup was a potent solution that seemed to work for all weeds. After all, it was developed to strip harsh metallic compounds out of pipes, so it should handle a weed. However, modern alternatives are a bit more precise in their application. 

It’s best to choose a product that meets the specific needs of your problem rather than buying a name.  

Cheetah Pro

Cheetah Pro’s active ingredient, Glufosinate, inhibits the plant from releasing ammonia (7). The ammonia builds up inside the plant, destroys its cells, and stops photosynthesis. Cheetah Pro is often chosen to manage glyphosate-resistant weeds and to help suppress dormant winter annual weeds such as bluegrass. 

Cheetah Pro at a Glance:

  • Price – $105 a gallon, $6.50 a cup, $0.82 an ounce
  • Available everywhere except Alaska*
  • Results seen within 2 – 5 days
  • Wait 12 hours to re-enter areas after applying
  • Rainfast within 4 hours
  • Requires temperatures of at least 70°F
  • Cannot be used more than 3 times per year

*not for use in California, use restricted only to licensed applicators in NY

Where would you use it:

  • Ornamental trees
  • Golf courses
  • Sports Fields
  • Potted Plants

Avenger Weed Killer

Avenger Weed Killer is a natural, non-staining weed killer made from oranges, lemons, and other citrus fruit peels. The active ingredient in Avenger is a citrus oil that causes the weed to dehydrate by stripping away the waxy plant cuticle (8). Avenger weed killer is best on small weeds and grasses that are less than 4 inches tall.

Avenger Weed Killer at a Glance:

  • Price – $90 a gallon, $5.60 a cup, $0.70 an ounce 
  • Availability everywhere except South Dakota
  • Results are seen within 1-2 hours
  • Recommended re-entry of  area is 4 hours 
  • Do not spray within 1 hour of rain
  • Can use in cooler climates as low as 40°F
  • Reseed after 2 weeks
  • OMRI listed

Where would you use it:

  • Rock and mulch areas
  • Areas near brick, concrete, and pavement
  • Around consumable crops

Mirimichi Green Weed Control Concentrate

Mirimichi Green’s active compound is ammonium nonanoate, a broad-spectrum contact herbicide with no soil activity. Similar in composition to soap salts, any residues left behind by ammonium nonanoate don’t exceed levels of fatty acids found in commonly eaten foods (9). It is safe to be used around people, pets, and livestock when used as directed. The active ingredient in Mirimichi Green is biodegradable, breaking down quickly in the soil, so there’s no chance for build-up or runoff. 

Mirimichi Green Weed Control at a Glance:

  • Price – $60 a gallon, $3.75 a cup, $0.47 an ounce
  • Availability – everywhere except North & South Dakota, Vermont and Maine (pending approval)
  • Results are seen within 15 minutes in hotter temperatures
  • Works in cooler temperatures
  • Rainfast within 2 hours
  • OMRI listed
  • Reseed after 24 hours

Where would you use it:

  • Gardens
  • Greenhouses
  • Walkways
  • Farmsteads
  • Landscaping beds

 

  1. https://thenaturalfarmer.org/article/a-short-history-of-glyphosate/
  2. https://extension.umd.edu/resource/vinegar-alternative-glyphosate
  3. https://www.newsweek.com/glyphosate-now-most-used-agricultural-chemical-ever-422419
  4. https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/glyphosate
  5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1383574218300887
  6. https://www.iarc.who.int/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/MonographVolume112-1.pdf
  7. https://agriculture.basf.com/global/en/innovations-for-agriculture/innovation-for-herbicides/glufosinate-ammonium.html
  8. https://gardeningvibe.com/pet-friendly-weed-killer/
  9. https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/reg_actions/registration/fs_PC-031802_01-Nov-06.pdf

Mirimichi Green Launches New Soil Amendment Essential-G

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Mirimichi Green Launches New Soil Amendment Essential-G™

06/09/2020 – Castle Hayne, NCMirimichi Green has expanded its granular product line with a new, prilled soil amendment called Essential-G. Essential-G contains the most essential components for amending the soil in a uniquely spreadable granular format.   

Underpinned by Mirimichi Green’s CarboMatrix technology, Essential-G is comprised of silicon, reclaimed coffee grounds, premium composts, humates, and USDA Certified Biobased Carbon (biochar). Each of these ingredients has proven field research and test results demonstrating effectiveness in improving soil health and quality, but they’ve never been available in a single, convenient product.

Essential-G’s consistency is ideal for spreading in any standard push-behind spreader. After months of field testing, the size of the prill goes out easily with no agitator or additional equipment needed.

To get more information about Essential-G and view application rates, click here

Essential-G can be used for all residential and commercial turf establishments, new seed, sod, and planting applications. Some of the benefits of Essential-G include:

  • Strengthens root growth 
  • Aerates soil and reduces compaction 
  • Optimizes pH
  • Increases water holding capacity
  • Increases nutrient uptake (CEC)
  • Long-lasting biochar increases residual value
  • Promotes natural chelation of Iron
  • Adds essential organic matter for microbes
  • Provides fast green-up and recovery

Mirimichi Green is constantly researching and testing new ingredients to bring customers the best and most effective products on the market. In early 2020, Mirimichi Green partnered with Sigma Agriscience and started developing Essential-G by combining new technologies and proven soil amending inputs. Both companies are excited to bring this product to the market and see end-users soil health improve.

Learn more about Mirimichi Green and Sigma AgriScience, LLC’s partnership here.

Start incorporating Essential-G into your turf maintenance and installations to achieve optimal soil health.

Mirimichi Green Invests In New Manufacturing Equipment

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Mirimichi Green Invests In New Manufacturing Equipment

04/07/2020 – Castle Hayne, NC – Mirimichi Green, a developer of sustainable bio-based products for the professional landscape industry, announced the company has invested in new manufacturing equipment and infrastructure, in order to increase mass production capabilities and efficiency. 

The updated equipment allows for increased production volumes in order to meet the rising demand for Mirimichi Green granular products, both from our current customer base, and the developing Bio-Ag markets. Mirimichi Green products are currently sold in over 800 points of distribution in the United States including premier distributors such as SiteOne Landscape Supply, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, Horizon Distributors, CPS Distributors, and others.

To invest in the future and sustainable efforts, the company used capital raise funds to upgrade multiple pieces of equipment, expand the production facility, and hire additional staffing.

“The new additions and expansion to the manufacturing facility significantly increases our production capacity and improves the overall flow and efficiencies of our production processes. The investments were driven by the continued growth we have seen in our current markets, as well as the developing Bio-Ag sector.” – Web Cowden, COO of Mirimichi Green.

The new equipment acquired by Mirimichi Green resonates with the company’s core value of sustainability. The upgraded machinery has improved fuel efficiency and/or eco-power saving functionality. Although the company is increasing capacity, they are being mindful of how that impacts the environment.

With all of the manufacturing upgrades, Mirimichi Green is well-positioned to meet the demands of its growing current, and future markets. 

To learn more about Mirimichi Green products, click here.

Mirimichi Green Announces Partnership with Sigma AgriScience

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North Carolina & Texas – 03/03/2020 – Mirimichi Green, a developer of sustainable bio-based products for the professional landscape industry with a strong national foothold in the golf and landscape markets, today announced a new partnership with Sigma AgriScience to further develop biotechnologies for the turf and agriculture markets.

Furthering its dedication to being the premier developer and manufacturer of effective, bio-based agronomic inputs, Mirimichi Green is partnering with Sigma AgriScience to co-develop organic fertilizers and soil amendment offerings for their customer bases.

“We are very excited about our new partnership with Sigma AgriScience. We believe this new relationship will allow us to better serve our joint customer base and bring new next-generation products to the growing agricultural and turf & ornamental input markets.” – Russ Britton, Owner & CEO of Mirimichi Green

Sigma AgriScience, LLC is a Texas-based, agriculture market-focused company that manufactures high quality organic granular microbial fertilizers. The company provides innovative products and solutions to agriculture, nursery, orchard, turf, and landscape markets. To learn more about Sigma Agriscience, please visit www.SigmaAgriscience.com

Both Mirimichi Green and Sigma AgriScience understand and respect the demand for organic inputs not only commercially, but consumer-based buyers as well. They will work vigorously to bridge the gap between synthetic and organic technologies by combining the best in class inputs to meet these consumer demands. The partnered companies’ goal is to enhance the efficiency of current and new organic fertilizers. 

“We’re very grateful for this opportunity. Mirimichi Green is an impressive company with a very talented team. This is an exciting time not only for our business but for our industry. Producers are becoming less skeptical of change and more open to terms like sustainability, carbon, soil health, organics, and biologicals. By joining forces with Mirimichi Green, we continue to bring new and exclusive solutions to market that are revolutionary. Our businesses are extremely complementary and together we broaden our capabilities to meet our customers’ evolving needs.” – Alan Warren, President & CEO of Sigma AgriScience

The companies are looking forward to building the backbone of the organic fertilizer industry with the upcoming product launches for the turf and agriculture markets. The partnership will be launching a new all-natural and spreadable granular soil amendment in spring 2020 called Essential-G™. The co-produced, revolutionary product will be sold through Mirimichi Green and its distributors.

 

 

For additional information, please contact:

Alex Reynolds at alex.reynolds@mirimichigreen.com

Mirimichi Green Introduces Soluble Microbial Powder Into Product Offering

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Mirimichi Green has launched a new soluble microbial powder, ByoSpxtrum, into their product offering that is all-natural and will improve the organic matter in the soil.

Mirimichi Green is a developer of effective, sustainable, bio-based products for the professional landscape industry. The company’s new product is a complex combination of microbes, known soil-plant amending ingredients, critical enzymes, and the most effective microbe food sources all rolled into one product called ByoSpxtrum.

ByoSpxtrum has many product features including:

  • Inoculates soil with a diverse population of bacteria and fungi beneficial to soil and plant life
  • Invigorates root growth
  • Helps break down soil compaction
  • Enhances resistance to drought, pests, and disease
  • Improves photosynthetic performance
  • Improves nutrient uptake
  • Does not contain fillers
  • Increases Brix levels

Plants need more than the few so-called superstrains of beneficial bacteria and fungi – they need a wide variety and diversity of biology, which ByoSpxtrum delivers. The vast complex of microbes in ByoSpxtrum helps plants grow efficiently and effectively at all stages of growth.

Unlike other soluble powder inoculations on the market, ByoSpxtrum activates to full life in seconds due to the proprietary process that avoids stunning or harming the microbes. The product is 100% non-GMO, non-synthetic, and does not contain fillers.

The easy-to-use powder is offered in a 17-ounce pouch and covers 5 acres once diluted. Simply add 4-8 ounces of water for every 1 ounce of product. ByoSpxtrum is also available for purchase at any of Mirimichi Green’s distributors’ locations. Click here to find a distributor closest to you.

To view full application rates and instructions, visit the product page.

Mirimichi Green Sales Team Expands To The West Coast

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Mirimichi Green Sales Team Expands To The West Coast

Meet Lonny Drake

Castle Hayne, NC, October 1, 2019 – Mirimichi Green, an award-winning, premier developer of next-generation biotechnology for soil amendments, bio-stimulants, liquid fertilizers, and pesticides that are leading the charge in both sustainability and effectiveness, today announces that a new sales representative has been added to the Mirimichi Green sales team. Lonny Drake is the newest Regional Sales Manager and will cover the west coast territory. 

Web Cowden, COO, said, “To have Lonny Drake onboard our team is a big step for Mirimichi Green’s growth. His experience and understanding of the turf care industry are invaluable – making him the ideal addition to Mirimichi Green’s sales team. We are looking forward to taking on the west coast and providing support and representation in the field for our customers and distributors.”

Lonny Drake assumed the position as Regional Sales Manager of the west coast for Mirimichi Green in September 2019. Lonny has 20+ years of experience in customer service and sales in the turf care industry through previous career positions at a variety of distribution companies and wanted to further his efforts to educate and assist customers about soil health technologies and sustainable products like Mirimichi Green.

Lonny has recently relocated to his home state of Arizona with his wife, kids, and dogs. Lonny enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with family in his free time.

Mirimichi Green is thrilled to better service the west coast states with the help of Lonny Drake.

Mirimichi Green Sales Personnel Expands

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Mirimichi Green’s Sales Personnel Expands

Meet Adam Burton, Jon Tumiski, and Brock Turner

Mirimichi Green, a premier manufacturer of revolutionary, sustainable landscaping products, today announces that three new sales representatives have been added to the Mirimichi Green sales team. Adam Burton, Jon Tumiski, and Brock Turner are now Regional Sales Managers.

Web Cowden, COO, said “All three guys have experience with our customer base, industry and knowledge of turf care products, which made them ideal additions for our expanding company. Mirimichi Green is lucky to add such passionate and driven people to our team. We are happy to offer more support and representation in the field for our customers and distributors.”

Meet Adam Burton

Adam Burton assumed the position as Regional Sales Manager of Florida and the surrounding South East territory for Mirimichi Green in December 2018. Adam has experience in customer service and sales support through previous career positions at SiteOne Landscape Supply and wanted to further his efforts to educate and assist customers about soil health and sustainable products like Mirimichi Green.

Adam is a Florida native and now resides in St. Petersburg, FL. Adam’s hobbies are fishing, coaching baseball to many victories, hanging out with friends and family, and traveling.

“I am excited to be working for Mirimichi Green because it allows me an opportunity to pursue my passion of working in the turf industry.  Not only that, it brings a sense of confidence knowing that Mirimichi Green and its members believe in sustainability, and making a positive footprint on the environment from a global standpoint.  That’s something I can get behind!”

Meet Jon Tumiski

Jon Tumiski grew up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts where he attended Bridgewater State University. He studied Criminal Justice and minored in Sociology, but his true passion is the green industry. This interest and drive started when he worked on the maintenance staff at his local golf course throughout high school and college. After college, he worked at SiteOne Landscape Supply to further his knowledge of the industry.

Jon currently lives in South Boston where he enjoys golfing, hitting the beach, hanging with friends and family, and watching the dominance of Boston Sports.

Jon Tumiski Headshot
Brock Turner headshot

Meet Brock Turner

Born and raised in East Tennessee alongside 2 brothers, Brock Turner is a proud VFL (Vol For Life) having earned a B.S. degree in Plant Sciences with a minor in Business Studies from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Thanks to his father who is now a Class A retired Golf Course Superintendent, he learned to appreciate the game of golf and its aesthetically pleasing environments at a young age.  And equally thanks to professors, mentors, and industry leaders in the golf course industry he has had the unique privilege to learn and study from those distinguished professionals at some of the highest caliber golf and country clubs in the United States.

Brock met his beautiful wife Amanda, a proud native Texan and elementary school educator while serving in his first opportunity as an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at a golf club in Westlake, Texas.  They currently live in Round Rock, Texas just North of Austin and are soon to celebrate their 4 year anniversary!

Brock and Amanda along with their dog, Ment, enjoy day tripping & exploring all that Texas has to offer whenever they can.  Brock is an avid college football fan and appreciates good bluegrass music.  He also enjoys playing tennis & golf, running, fly fishing, and generally being active outdoors.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining the incredible team at Mirimichi Green and hope to contribute my skill set to help grow the brand in the agronomic industry by showcasing the enormous benefits of our amazing product line!”

Mirimichi Green is thrilled to have three new team members and expects business to thrive with Adam, Jon, and Brock’s support.

Mirimichi Green Announces Carbon In All Liquid Products

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06/20/2018 – Castle Hayne, NC – Mirimichi Green has produced one of the most advanced carbon solutions in turf technology by bringing a high performing micronized liquid carbon to the market. Now, Mirimichi Green has announced that their liquid carbon is being mixed in all of their liquid fertilizers and bio-stimulants.

Mirimichi Green Carbon In All Liquid Products

After having success with their products Release 9-0-1 C and Release Zero, which both contain 10% liquid carbon, Mirimichi Green has made the decision to incorporate 2% liquid carbon into the remaining liquid products: Nutri-Release, Nutri-Turf, Nutri-Kelp, and Tree & Shrub.

How much liquid carbon is in each product?

  • Release 9-0-1 C – 10% liquid carbon
  • Release Zero – 10% liquid carbon
  • Nutri-Release – 2% liquid carbon
  • Tree & Shrub – 2% liquid carbon
  • Nutri-Kelp – 2% liquid carbon
  • Nutri-Turf – 2% liquid carbon

Mirimichi Green began mixing the micronized liquid carbon into their products at the beginning of the year to start replenishing inventory with the updated formula. Now, all of Mirimichi Green’s liquid products stocked in distributor locations contain the liquid carbon combination. All products that have the 2% liquid carbon have a small “C” in the bottom left corner of the label (see picture below).

The Mirimichi Green team expects the updated mixture will provide the results that all professionals desire for their turf and plants.

Putting liquid carbon into all of the liquid fertilizers and bio-stimulants was the next step in Mirimichi Green’s efforts to create and develop a Carbon Building Program for their end users. “Carbon is key. Getting carbon back into the soil will improve overall soil health. We have seen the success of our carbon products over the years and wanted to extend that to the rest of our product line. We made this decision because we wanted all of our customers to benefit from putting carbon back into the soil,” said Web Cowden, COO of Mirimichi Green.

Start putting carbon back into the soil today by using Mirimichi Green products. Mirimichi Green specializes in solutions, not just products, with revolutionary soil amendments, fertilizers, bio-stimulants, and pesticides.

Mirimichi Green Adds New Hires To Team

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Mirimichi Green, a premier manufacturer of revolutionary and sustainable landscape products, today announces that two new members have been added to the Mirimichi Green team. Erica Backus is the new Product Analyst Intern and Michael Gill is the new Inventory Specialist.

Erica Backus assumed the position as Product Analyst Intern for Mirimichi Green in May 2018. With an interest in analytics and passion for environmental economics, she is extremely excited to become a part of Mirimichi Green’s growth. Erica has past experience in customer service and social media focused marketing. She is working on obtaining a B.S. in Business Administration with majors in Economics and Finance and a Mathematics minor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She has also studied abroad at Kedge Business School in Marseille, France.

New Hire: Erica Backus Product Analyst Intern
Erica grew up in Portland, CT and currently resides in Wilmington, NC. In addition to learning as much as she can about applying economic systems to protect and sustain our planet, she enjoys improving her wakeboarding skills and spending time with her siblings and parents.

“I just recently discovered my passion in applying economics to sustainability to make people see “going green” is not only beneficial to the environment but also financially advantageous. I hope to learn about Mirimichi Green’s sustainable process of manufacturing effective products, help educate people about the benefits, and tap into new markets. I am so excited to be a part of a company that shares my values and contribute to its growth.”

Michael (Mike) Gill relocated from Weirton, West Virginia, to join Mirimichi Green as an Inventory Specialist in March 2018. In his new role, he will manage on-site inventory, track inventory maintenance and control equipment flow, oversee inbound and outbound shipments, and investigate inventory discrepancies. Michael has 10 years of experience in day-to-day operations in the landscaping industry and industrial work in manufacturing plants.

New Hire: Mike Gill Inventory Specialist

When Michael is not working, he enjoys fishing, camping, and anything outdoors – thanks to his ultra-competitive side. When he’s not outdoors, he’s cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins or cooking his nonna’s famous Italian meatballs.

“I’m very thankful to be able to work for a company who genuinely cares so much about the environment. It’s awesome to see people’s reactions when they try Mirimichi Green for the first time. They’re amazed by the results and practically fall in love with our products.”

Mirimichi Green is thrilled to have two new team members and expects business to thrive with Michael and Erica’s support.

Get Rid Of Bugs With Mirimichi Green Pest Control

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Are pesky bugs disrupting your outdoor areas? Mirimichi Greens Pest Control is the solution with proven efficacy and safety. This all-natural formula controls:

  • Mosquitoes
  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Ants
  • Roaches
  • No-see-ums
  • Chiggers
  • Spiders
  • Mites
  • Whiteflies
  • Aphids
  • Plus many more insects

Mirimichi Green Pest Control is not a neurotoxin and is made with all natural and/or organic ingredients. Mirimichi Green Pest Control is known to be safe to spray around people, pets, and plants, with an immediate re-entry time after the spray has settled, making it ideal for any outdoor area.

Mirimichi Green Pest Control

This formulation is a total control pesticide because it’s a pheromone interrupter, deterrent, repellent and also a larvicide which is what makes it so effective. By killing the larvae, egg cycles are disrupted so future outbreaks of pests are eradicated in the treated areas over time.

Pest control product by Mirimichi Green

How to apply Mirimichi Green Pest Control:

  • Use a backpack sprayer, backpack blower, hose dilution attachment, or sprinkler injection pump
  • 1st application and infestation application – dilute 16 oz. of product per 1-gallon of water
  • Reapplication rate – dilute 4-8 oz. of product per 1 gallon of water
  • Reapply every 14-28 days
  • Be sure to spray the entire property

Some of the important key points about Mirimichi Green Pest Control are:

  • Safe to spray around people, pets, and kids
  • It works in ALL weather conditions. Rain doesn’t affect the efficacy.
  • There is an immediate re-entry time after the spray has settled
  • Insects can not become immune to this product
  • There are no harsh odors

This pest control product is ideal for any outdoor setting such as lawns, parks & recreation areas, campground sites, playgrounds, sports fields, golf courses, universities, farms, gardens and more!

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