Re: Insectacides

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Posted by Newt on December 02, 2002 at 08:37:58:

In Reply to: Insectacides posted by Mark Lenson on September 06, 2002 at 18:22:30:

: I live in So. Florida and the insects are relentless.

: I tried the ROTONONE and MARIGOLDS route (the earth friendly route) and it did not work. I tried the Home Depot sprays and that did not work.

: I heard about ORGANICIDE and I am reluctant to try it. This warm weather makes the insects relentless as I have seen it.

: Does anyone know of a REALLY GOOD vegetable inseticide? For tomoatoes, cucumbers, carrotts, and beans? How about MALITHION, is that too strong?

: I am almost at the point if giving up or taking a baseball bat to the darn pesky bugs.

: Thanks!

: Mark

Hi Mark,

Goodness, PLEASE don't use malithion if you intend to eat anything. Actually, I don't recommend using such toxic stuff on anything.

I think what is going on with your garden is that you have used enough pesticides to alter the balance that nature would help to provide. What happens is that so many of the pesticides are broad spectrum and kill the good bugs along with the bad. I realize that it can be VERY frustrating because you are losing so many plants to bugs, but I'd like to suggest that you do some reading at the following sites. Also, if you can identify the specific pests and just deal with each one individually, that would be helpful. For example I would think that the pest you have with your carrots aren't the same as with the tomatoes. Maybe you could tell us just which pests you are having trouble with. There are often biological controls for specific pests. For example, I have found that the birds will help to control the bug population if I don't use sprays that kill the birds, especially in the spring when they are feeding bugs to their young. Also, using things like row covers to keep bugs away at certain times when they are most active is helpful as well.

Here's a good site about companion planting. What this does is attract the beneficial insects who will help to control the 'bad guys'. Just marigolds probably isn't enough.

I hope these sites are helpful.

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