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Plants survive because of the sun and animals owe their survival to plants. Plants upon which humans and animals depend for life are susceptible to 80,000-100,000 diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, mycoplasma like organisms, rickettsias, fungi, algae and parasitic higher plants. Approximately 3000 species of nematodes attack plants and more than 1000 cause serious economic loss to crops. Of the one million species of known insects, about 10,000 contribute to devastating loss of crops worldwide.

Pests are organisms that are competitive to mankind or his interests in some manner. Pesticides are agents employed by humans to destroy and control pests. The term 'pesticide' applies to insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and other types of pest controlling substances.

Worldwide, about 3 billion kg of pesticides are applied each year at a cost of nearly $40 billion (Pan-UK, 2003). In the U.S., approximately 500 million kg of more than 600 different pesticide types are applied annually at a cost of $10 billion (Pimental and Greiner, 1997). Paradoxically, despite the vast increase in the amount of pesticides used over the last 30-40 years, the amount of crop loss due to pests has increased from 31% to 37%. There has been a 10-fold increase in insecticide use in the US from 1945 to 2000, yet, during this period, total crop losses from insect damage alone have nearly doubled from 7% to 13% (Pimental).

This ever-increasing use of toxic chemical based pesticides is taking its toll. For example, the total number of pesticide poisonings in the U.S. is estimated at 300,000 per year (EPA). Worldwide, the use of pesticides cause 26 million instances of non-fatal poisonings annually (Richter, 2002), of which 3 million are hospitalized, 750,000 come down with chronic illnesses and 220,000 die. (Hart and Pimental, 2002).

Around the globe, scientists are searching frantically for alternative methods of pest control, as the ever-increasing amounts of pesticides that leech into our aquifers and vaporize into the air, continue to wreak havoc with the environment. With the world population expected to undergo its most rapid 25-year increase in history, the need for new methods of control has never been greater.

The emergence of LH Organics Pest Control is a major development in this quest. With a technology so new that testing laboratories had to be called upon to determine how it worked, LH Organic Pest Control embodies the essence of the next revolutionary movement in scientific progress - nanotechnology. LH Organics Pest Control not only offers an environmentally friendly solution to many of today's agricultural problems, it does so in a remarkably efficient manner, so that today the farmer can solve most of his more troublesome gardening problems, in a totally non-hazardous manner, while at the same time, realizing a cost savings of 50% or more.

Because LH Organics Pest Control is a fatty acid, and therefore has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungicidal properties, it has proven to be very effective in the treatment of fungal and bacterial infections. However, it also has been shown to be remarkably potent in the battle against insect invasions as well. Its success against common plant predators, such as whiteflies, scales, thrips, mites, and mealy bugs, as well as fungal problems caused by downy and powdery mildew, among many others, led to questions as to why it was so effective. To answer this enigma, samples were sent to a testing laboratory for a more comprehensive analysis. Their report related to how it affected insects, but is applicable for other types of problems as well.

"LH Organics Pest Control immediately impacts the exoskeleton structure of the pest upon contact by disrupting the molecular structure of the chitin and other protein substances that protect the insect. This mechanism of action triggers the rapid and irreversible deterioration of the insect's spiracles and tracheal system, resulting in suffocation (as in the case of the adult mosquito).

The major benefit of this revolutionary method of insect control is the absence of undesirable side effects on human health and the ecosystem. Additionally, unlike standard insecticides in use today, no built-in resistance can be developed by the targeted insects, since this new insecticide does not act on the nervous system, but rather on the respiratory apparatus."

In short, LH Organics Pest Control works at the organic molecular level, attacking the hydrocarbon composition of the pest, which is in total contrast to traditional chemical methods.