Insecticidal soap: This is one of the best Sprayers and Hoses: Reserve a
Insecticides defences against soft - bodied pests like sprayer or hose end for
aphids, mites and leaf miners. It is safe on insecticides only. Do not use the
Pest Free: No garden is pest most plants and is nontoxic to beneficial same one for other pesticides such
free. A well - tended garden animals and insects. as herbicides or fungicides. Label
contains a balance of beneficial equipment clearly and clean
predators and healthy plants. Know your enemy: Make sure you thoroughly between each use.
Only use insecticides if there is positively identify the pest so that you can
damage that cannot be choose the appropriate insecticide. Study Bee kind to bees:
controlled any other way. Always start it s life cycles and habits so that you can Many insecticides
with the least toxic substance possible fight it effectively. harm bees and other
and gradually move to stronger measures desirable
as you need them. Home Brews insects. Try
to use the Insecticide Safety
Ingredients: Insecticides are made from most specific
Insecticidal soap: Mix 10mL (2
a range of organic and synthetic sources product > Always ready the label
tsp) of dishwashing liquid with a
and are available in liquid or dry form. possible - carefully and follow all the
few drops of vegetable oil and 3.8
Organic types are made from bacteria, one that directions provided for
L of water. Use a clean plastic
viruses, fungi, fatty acids, minerals, oils targets the use and storage.
spray bottle to apply.
and plants which quickly decompose into pest you > Apply on a dry, calm
a nontoxic substance which will not harm are trying to day with moderate
Bug Juice : Collect a ½ cup of the insect
the environment. destroy. temperatures
you want to eradicate. Mash them with 2
> Cover as much of your
cups of water and a few drops of liquid dish 1001 Hints &
How they Work: Insecticides are Tips for your
skin as possible. Do not
soap. Strain and spray on plants affected
generally sprayed or dusted on plants or Garden - touch your face.
with that pest. Reader s Digest
soil. They suffocate, paralyse or poison > Do not allow
the targeted pest. Be sure to completely insecticides to
Hot Stuff!: Blend a ½ cup of hot chili
cover the affected plant or soil. contaminate ponds or
peppers with 2 cups of water and a few
drops of vegetable oil. Strain and spray on
Horticulture oils: Dormant and summer > Do not apply to food
oils and are used to smother insect eggs crops unless it is
and larvae. Use heavier dormant oils in specified that it is safe to
Test First: Some insecticides scorch,
late winter or early spring when the do so.
discolour, or damage foliage. Always test
temperatures have risen above 4 C and READ AND FOLLOW
the insecticide first on an inconspicuous
deciduous plants haven t put out their EXACTLY THE
part of the plant. If the plant remains
leaves yet. Lighter summer oils can be INSTRUCTIONS
healthy a few days after the initial
used any time the temperature is below PROVIDED.
application, spray the insecticide on the rest
of the plant.