The new active ingredients,
trademarked as Hexa-Hydroxyl, are based on distinct
combinations of different plant essential oils that
significantly enhance the activity of these oils against
insects. The patented technology demonstrates rapid
insecticidal activity by combining oils with a common
molecular structure (a six-membered carbon ring with an
oxygenated functional group attached [see diagram
below]). Hexa-Hydroxyl's unique mode of action
targets a key neurotransmitter receptor called octopamine,
which is found in all invertebrates, but not mammals.
Octopamine regulates an insect's heart rate, movement,
behavior and metabolism. Interrupting the
functioning of octopamine results in a total breakdown of
the insect's nervous system.
In addition to the fact
that Hexa-Hydroxyl targets a receptor site that doesn't
exist within mammals, many of the plant essential oils
containing Hexa-Hydroxyl are classified as Generally
Recognized As Safe ("GRAS") and/or have been approved for
food and beverage consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). As a result of their food
grade status, these plant essential oils also qualify for
preferential regulatory status with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA). EcoPCO®
offers minimum risk and biopesticide products,
as promulgated under the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act.
University, field, and most
importantly, professional pest management trials, have
proven Hexa-Hydroxyl's ability to kill and control a broad
spectrum of insects.
As for expert testimonials, here's what Dr. Mike Rust and
Mr. Reierson, entomologists at the University of
California-Riverside, had to say about the effectiveness
insecticidal action of the (tree) oil ingredients is
intriguing and exciting. Experiments with Hexa-Hydroxyl
insecticides suggest that EcoPCO contains fast-acting
ingredients that (apparently) toxify insect nerves or
other cells (and disrupt vital insect systems).
Each of the insects (ants, roaches, fleas) that we
exposed to the product succumbed rapidly."
In residual studies, EcoPCO
D provided toxic activity from the active ingredients for
almost two months, and as Don Reierson adds:
EcoPCO is also very
active as a desiccant, and there is no reason to presume
that reasonably well-protected residues would not have a
good desiccant effect for as long as the dust remains
and doesn't get too moist."