"EPA Approves Kalamazoo Startup’s Spider-Based Insecticide"

"KALAMAZOO -- Spiders have been doing a very efficient job of killing insects for millennia. Now, a Kalamazoo company has federal approval to borrow spiders’ natural chemistry as an insecticide."

"Vestaron Corp. Thursday announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the active ingredient in the company’s “bioinsecticide” for commercial sale.

The insecticide, a naturally occurring peptide isolated from spiders, is approved for use on a wide variety of crops and has shown no toxicity to fish, birds or mammals, including humans."

Matt Roush reports for WWJ Newsradio 950 CBS Detroit February 6, 2014.

Source: WWJ Newsradio, 02/07/2014