THERE’S A BETTER WAY TO GARDEN
Welcome to our newly designed website and the debut of our B.I.G. (Beneficial Insect Gardening) Blog. Thank you for joining us! This is the first installment of what will be many informative blogs where we’ll dive deeper into the lives of beneficial insects and the families, gardeners, businesses and even countries that use them for effective, pest control. Be sure to sign up for upcoming blogs so you’ll be updated (by e-mail) whenever we have a new post. You won’t want to miss one!
For this first blog, we’d like to give you a peek under the hood of Organic Control, Inc. Like most companies, there’s a story behind the scenes, and we are sharing our history to explain our deep commitment to beautifying the garden without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides.
Our company’s inspiration goes back to the Victory Gardens of World War II. Our founder, Steve Hazzard’s mother grew food for her family during the war, and Steve noticed at an early age that his mom took a different approach to gardening than most people. She preferred a more natural way to garden…saving scraps from the kitchen that she turned into compost. There were no chemicals in his family’s yard.
By the middle of the 1970s, as public and government concern for our environment grew, Steve’s passion for change led him to implement his mom’s non-toxic gardening approach. He felt led to explore ways to make non-toxic tools available to home gardeners. Steve found that the use of trichogramma beneficial wasps to combat leaf-chewing insects and the release of green lacewings to combat aphids were practical solutions to a critical challenge.
As time went by and Steve’s knowledge about the use and efficacy of beneficial insects grew, so too did his passion for sharing what he knew. He had insight into a holistic method of gardening and farming that he believed had potential to save the world from harmful toxins. He knew that toxins were not only harming those who came in contact with them, but they were becoming a severe detriment to the soil.
In 1976, Steve founded Organic Control, Inc. to further spread the word and to supply beneficial insects.
“To this day, that’s exactly what we do…we’re dedicated to helping you control garden pests using nature’s own army of beneficial organisms. Today your garden and every garden can be a Victory Garden!”
IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO?
We believe it’s time to think differently…pro-actively protecting our plants in advance, instead of reacting to pests with a toxic spray. It’s time to improve the way we ALL manage whatever piece of the earth we have been given and it’s time to heal our planet. We can no longer say that we’re sustainably-minded because we’ve past the point of sustainability. It’s time for us to regenerate the soil and the land that supports us. At Organic Control we are regenerative minded and environmentally conscious in all we do.
BEAUTIFUL GARDENS AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS GO HAND-IN-HAND
You may already realize that our planet is fragile and the need for treading lightly is our responsibility for future generations. You may drive an eco-friendly vehicle, buy organic foods, look for chemical-free cleaning products for your home and you may even be involved at a deeper level to save our planet. But did you realize that there is an alternative to using harmful chemicals in your yard and garden; the place where your friends, family and pets spend much of their time?
That pesticide alternative is beneficial insects. Used as part of your usual garden planting routine or as part of your soil prep, these insects rid your garden of a variety of pests. Leaving you with a more beautiful, healthy garden. Our products are people, pet and planet safe; effective, long-lasting and easy to apply. It’s a gardener’s best-kept secret and now it’s yours to enjoy. To find out more about our incredible beneficial insects, check out these helpful links below:
Why Beneficial Insects?
A quick overview of why beneficial insects can be a gardener’s best friend.
View our Bug Gallery!
Here’s our fun “Beneficial Field Guide” with a closer look at some of our favorite beneficials.
Got a problem pest in your garden? Here’s an informative table to help you find the right bug for the job.
You’ve got questions…Flora has the answers!
Download and color pages that will help your children learn about beneficial insects.
Find a dealer near you and get started with these wonderful creatures in your garden.