Natural Pyrethrum in Short Supply
Natural pyrethrum is in extremely short supply. That is the word from distributors. It has now become impossible to acquire this product and there is no supply on the horizon. The problem is related to both climatic conditions in Australia, as well as unrest in Kenya. These are the two sources of natural pyrethrum.
Products from Prentiss, Whitmire and MGK are all unavailable. MGK no longer has Riptide in stock and is recommending Evercide or Sector. http://www.patiocomforts.com/natpyrsprayc.html. Distributors in Europe are also reporting that they are out of stock.
Check out this article about the disruption to the pyrethrum trade from Kenya: http://allafrica.com/stories/200802111845.html
Neither of these problems have short term solutions. PCOs will need to be more creative and find other ways to obtain the benefits that pyrethrum offered and examine carefully the liabilities inherent in the alternative approaches available.