Information About Pesticides

While it's not everyone's first option, and should only be used as a last resort, using pesticides to rid the garden of pests is sometimes a necessary evil. In the articles that follow, you will find tips and information on how to use these products safely as well as using other, more organic, pesticide solutions. You're not alone in the battle of the bugs...we are here to help.

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Safe Plant Pesticides – Indoor Pesticides For Edible Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

You can buy “safe” pesticides at any garden center, but when you make your own, you know exactly what substances go into the mix.

Can Insecticides Hurt Plants – Learn About Insecticide Plant Injury

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Pesticides are designed to kill pests. But can insecticides hurt plants too? Read on for more info, and ways to protect your plants.

Soap For Garden Use: Using Bar Soap In The Garden And Beyond

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Ever get tired of tossing out those small pieces of bar soap leftover from the bathroom shower or sink? Learn how to put them to use in gardens here.

DIY Fruit Tree Pepper Spray – How To Use Hot Peppers For Fruit Trees

By Teo Spengler

Fruit tree pepper spray can be an effective deterrent against insects, birds, and other animals. Get tips on using hot pepper spray for fruit trees here.

Larvicide Treatment Tips: How And When To Use Larvicide

By Mary Ellen Ellis

There are many ways to deal with pests in the yard or garden. If you have standing water, larvicides can be a good option in addition to preventative practices. Know the pros and cons before you use larvicides in your garden. Click here to learn more.

How And When To Use Permethrin: Applying Permethrin In The Garden

By Amy Grant

What is permethrin? If you’ve had problems with garden pests, then you’ve probably heard of it. Permethrin is usually used for pests in the garden but may also be used as an insect repellent on clothing and tents. Click this article to learn about permethrin in the garden.

Sticky Trap Pest Control: Information About Using Sticky Traps

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Pests in the garden can be a real problem. There are many solutions to dealing with unwanted insects, and each has benefits and drawbacks. Sticky traps for bugs may work for your needs. Click this article for more information on indoor and outdoor sticky trap use.

Do Essential Oils Stop Bugs: Using Essential Oil As A Pesticide

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Do essential oils stop bugs? Can you deter bugs with essential oils? Both are valid questions and we have answers. Click on the following article for more information on using essential oils to deter bugs.

Can You Use Old Garden Products – Shelf Life For Pesticides And Herbicides

By Susan Albert, Freelance Garden Writer

While it might be tempting to go ahead and use up those old containers of pesticides, experts say if garden products are more than two years old, they might do more harm than good, or just be ineffective. Learn about the shelf life for pesticides here.

Azadirachtin Vs. Neem Oil – Are Azadirachtin And Neem Oil The Same Thing

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

What is azadirachtin insecticide? Are azadirachtin and neem oil the same? These are two common questions for gardeners seeking organic or less toxic solutions to pest control. We’ll explore the relationship between neem oil and azadirachtin insecticide in this article.

What Is A Systemic Pesticide: Using Systemic Insecticides In Gardens

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer

If you have ever heard the term "systemic pesticide," you may have wondered what it means. This is actually an important thing to know. It?s also important to know how to use a systemic insecticide should such use be warranted. This article will help with that.

Applying Acaricide Insecticides: Using An Acaricide For Tick Control

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer

Acaricides are pesticides that kill ticks and mites. They are one part of a strategy for controlling ticks around homes and should be combined with measures to reduce tick habitats. Learn more about acaricides in this article.

Plants And Fumigation – Tips On Protecting Plants During Fumigation

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Sometimes, it's not our gardens that need pest control, it is our homes. Exterminators must be brought in to fumigate infestations. As you prepare for the extermination date, you may wonder "will fumigation kill plants in my landscape?" Find out here.

What Is BioClay: Learn About Using BioClay Spray For Plants

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Australian scientists from the University of Queensland have discovered what could ultimately become a "'vaccine" of sorts to plants - BioClay. What is BioClay and how can it help save our plants? Click this article to learn more.

Garden Grade Vs. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth: What Is Garden Safe Diatomaceous Earth

By Jackie Carroll

One type of diatomaceous earth is toxic and another is relatively safe to use. The type you should purchase depends on the intended use. Find out about the advantages and disadvantages of garden grade vs. food grade diatomaceous earth in this article.

What Are Pheromone Traps: Information On Pheromone Traps For Insects

By Jackie Carroll

Are you confused about pheromones? Do you know how they work and how they can help you control insects in the garden? Find out about these amazing, naturally occurring chemicals in this article. Click here to learn more.

Nematicide Information: Using Nematicides In Gardens

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

What are nematicides, and what do you need to know about using nematicides in gardens? In simple terms, nematicides are chemicals used to kill nematodes - tiny, parasitic worms that live in water or soil. Looking for more nematicide information? Click here.

Epsom Salt and Garden Pests – How To Use Epsom Salt For Pest Control

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral with virtually hundreds of uses around the home and garden. Learn more about using Epsom salt as pesticide, and how to use Epsom salt for pest control in gardens in this article.

What Are Neonicotinoids Pesticides And How Do Neonicotinoids Work

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

We?ve all heard a little something about the bird and the bees, but have you heard mention of neonicotinoids and bees? Well, this important information could mean the life and death of our precious pollinators in the garden. Click here to learn more.

What Is Pyola: Using Pyola Oil Spray For Pests In Gardens

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Finding safe and effective yard treatments for pests can be a challenge. Pyola is a brand name, all-natural formula that is effective on some problem pests. What is Pyola? Find out here in the article that follows.

Safely Disposing Unused Pesticides: Learn About Pesticide Storage And Disposal

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Proper disposal of leftover pesticides is as important as correct disposal of prescription drugs. The aim is to prevent contamination and promote safety. Read this article to learn how to dispose of pesticides in a responsible manner in order to minimize harm.

When To Apply Pesticides: Tips On Using Pesticides Safely

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

It might seem that the best time to use a pesticide is right when you see pesky insects. However, a few rules do apply and timing is also an important issue. Learn when to apply pesticides and some safe tricks and tips in this article.

What Is Pyrethrum: What Are The Uses For Pyrethrum In Gardens

By Kristi Waterworth

Pyrethrum insecticide is a natural chemical. For additional information and tips on using this in the garden, the following article can help. Click here to learn more about it now and get a heads up on the bugs.

What Is Nomesa Locustae: Using Nomesa Locustae In The Garden

By Anne Baley

Getting rid of grasshopper pests is often a tightrope walk between killing the grasshoppers and keeping the food safe for your family. Nosema locustae pest control will solve both of these problems. Learn more here.

What Is Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis: Learn About BTI Insecticide

By Anne Baley

When it comes to fighting mosquitoes and black flies, Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis pest control is probably the safest method. Read this article for info on using BTI on plants.

What Is Milky Spore: Using Milky Spore For Lawns And Gardens

By Jackie Carroll

Japanese beetle larvae feed on grass roots, leaving ugly, brown dead spots in the lawn. However, they are susceptible to several biological controls, including milky spore disease. Learn more about this here.

What Is Kaolin Clay: Tips On Using Kaolin Clay In The Garden

By Amy Grant

Do you have a problem with birds eating your tender fruit? A solution may be an application of Kaolin clay. What is Kaolin clay? Read here to learn more about using Kaolin clay on fruit trees and other plants.

Mothballs In Gardens: Safe Alternatives To Mothballs For Pest Control

By Jackie Carroll

You?ve probably read tips on websites and in magazines that recommend using mothballs as rodent and pest repellents. Read this article to find out more about using mothballs to repel pests.

A Complete Guide To Homemade Insecticidal Soap

By Amy Grant

You can make your own insecticidal soap with basic ingredients you already have. Click here to learn what is is and how to make it.

What Is Miticide: Tips On How To Use Miticide On Plants

By Jackie Carroll

Mites are one of the most difficult garden pests to control. Sometimes miticides are useful when these pests get out of hand. What are miticides? Get more information from this article.

Bt Pest Control: Info For Controlling Pests With Bacillus Thuringiensis

By Jackie Rhoades

You?ve likely heard recommendations for using Bt pest control, or Bacillus thuringiensis, in the home garden. But what exactly is this and how does using Bt in the garden work? Read here to learn more.

Uses For Diatomaceous Earth – Diatomaceous Earth For Insect Control

By Stan V. Griep, American Rose Society Consulting Master Rosarian, Rocky Mountain District

Have you ever heard of diatomaceous earth? If not, this article will provide information and tips on using diatomaceous earth in the garden so you can take advantage of all its benefits.

Learn More About Pesticides And Pesticide Labels

By Stan V. Griep, American Rose Society Consulting Master Rosarian, Rocky Mountain District

Pesticides are something we use in our garden all the time. But what are pesticides? Why should we pay close attention to pesticide labels? And what are the dangers? Read here to learn the answers.

Helping Your Plants With A Neem Oil Foliar Spray

By Heather Rhoades

Finding a safe, non-toxic pesticide for the garden that actually works can be a challenge. Learn how neem oil might be the best solution.

White Oil Recipe: How To Make White Oil For An Insecticide

By Heather Rhoades

If it's difficult to find a good organic insecticide, you may ask yourself "how do I make my own insecticide?" Making white oil insecticide is easy and inexpensive. This article will show you how.

Repelling Bad Bugs With Plants

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

There's no way to get around having insects in the garden, but you can successfully scare bad bugs away with plants that deter insect pests. Learn more here.

Safe Pesticide Usage: Using Pesticides In The Garden Safely

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Using pesticides may not be the best solution for the environment, but sometimes it's the most effective way to take care of pest problems in the lawn and garden. This article has more information.

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