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Old 11-09-2013, 01:00 AM   #11
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I'm a big fan of sulfur powders as a dusting agent.
Nicotine steeped from a pile of cigarette butts, vegetable oil and dish soap
is a well respected in the organic gardening community.
I've been involved in the pest control industry for over 40 years and advice like this still amazes me. Nicotine is a Category 1 economic poison. It is extremely toxic to all forms of living things (including you). But just because it is "organic" a bunch of well intentioned but ill-educated greenies think it is safe! Again, Nicotine is a Category 1 Poison which places it in the same toxicity range Chlorine, Sodium, Arsenic, Cyanide, etc. Nicotine was banned as an active ingredient in insecticides over 30 years ago because of the danger it poses to humans and to the environment.

If you have a serious pest problem you should practice good integrated pest management. First, determine if the pest problem is serious enough to require any control efforts on your part. Next, determine if there are any changes you can make in watering, cleaning, pruning, etc, that will mitigate the pest problem. If, after these steps are taken it is still determined that some form of chemical control is necessary, it is far wiser (and SAFER) to use a thoroughly tested and registered insecticide to eliminate that pest problem.

Please, do yourself, your children and the environment a favor. Don't play chemist by concocting your own home remedies. And make it a point to ignore the greenies. Although well meaning, their advice is almost always more religious than scientific.


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Old 11-10-2013, 12:51 AM   #12
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:55 PM   #13
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You should put in a call to Monsanto.
They probably have a GMO strain that is pest resistant.
Don't worry about the Long term affects, they bought a legislative pass on Liability.
Maybe someone here has a hook for a Group RoundUp Buy.

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Old 11-12-2013, 01:07 AM   #14
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Don't worry about the Long term affects, they bought a legislative pass on Liability.
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And there isn't a lawyer around that will take them on for a percentage if they screw up. Right?
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:09 AM   #15
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We have pest Usually the one close to the midst of the leaf is often a spider mite I think. Along with the caterpillar I can't seem to identify.

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We have pest Usually the one close to the midst of the leaf is often a spider mite I think. Along with the caterpillar I can't seem to identify.

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Take a leaf sample (and an insect specimen if you can get one) to your local Agricultural Commissioner's office. Check the phone book and call first, but many county ag commissioner's offices have a resident entomologist who can make a positive identification for you.

Once you have a positive ID of the pest species you can explore control methods available. Control methods may be nothing more than simple changes in pruning or watering practices. It may not be necessary to take any control measures at all. Once you know for certain what you are dealing with you'll know where to start.
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Bio smash (right handed) works well for me!

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Bio smash (right handed) works well for me!
Sounds like an EPA approved control method to me!
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Spider mites are considered to be a gardner's foe. house-plants are being highly effected by these. It is really hard to see them until the plant gets injured. These kind of spiders gathers under the leaves of home plants and just ruin them by sipping on plant fluids & remove chlorophyll. You can only inspect the existence of the spider mite with the visible sign of webbing and white or yellow speckles.

To get your garden out of this spider mite problem you have to learn what conditions do the spider mite abide in and condider both control and preventive strategies.



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