Originally Posted by davygoat2
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.