Chemicals used to control pests

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Soybean oil as insect repellent?

Some of the "natural" insect repellents I use (the kind you put on your skin) have soybean oil listed as one of the active ingredients. I've also seen ~6% soybean oil listed as an active ingredient ...
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Would Diatomaceous Earth work for spraying unreachable Tent Caterpillar nests?

In trying to help answer another person's question, I realized that I have one of my own. I try to manually remove the tent moths from my trees every year, using both a step ladder and extension ...
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What illness/pest has this rosemary and what to do with it?

Recently 3 of my rosemary bushes seems to have some (multiple) illness and/or pest. I am an absolute amateur, so I just hopelessly see their day by day worsening condition. I know it is hard to ...
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Can I fertilize my plants after putting pesticide?

I have a problem with my plants; they have mealybugs, aphids and fungi. Tonight I sprayed them with agricultural pesticide, also cutting the infected branches and even exterminated some plants. I ...
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How long do I need to stay off the lawn after applying weed killer?

I have a 17 month old boy that loves to play outside. I just put weed killer down and I didn't see anything on the label saying when it would be safe for kids or pets. How long should I wait before ...
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How do I calculate residential fruit spray application rate for commercial spray?

I have over a dozen fruit trees I raise as a hobby. I recently purchased some Horticultural Oil to apply this spring. The label states the following commercial application rate: DORMANT OR ...
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What pesticide should I use with an Orange tree in Texas?

I've got two Orange trees and two avocado trees in my backyard. One of the orange trees looks to be the victim of a disease and has sooty mold on it. From what I have read this is usually due to ...
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What are these insects on my Arabian Jasmine plant & how can I eradicate them?

I have found these white moths (very small, winged, can fly) below the leaves of my Arabian jasmine plant, and the plant has stopped flowering and is in a poor state. There are surprisingly some white ...
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What are these pests that are eating my pomegranate roots, and how can I control them?

I'm not sure what pest this is, but it is eating the roots of my pomegranate shrub. I saw it once on the top soil, and, when digging into the soil, I unearthed around 15 of these pests. I need to know ...
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How can I get rid of these small white pests in my peace lily pot?

I realized late last night that there are lots of small white creepy crawlers in my peace lily pot. It's so thoroughly infested with these creatures some are even coming out of the drain holes. I ...
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Can I use ladybugs on herbs while treating trees in the same garden with imidacloprid?

I have a smallish garden. With several sections, unconnected by soil. In one section I am growing trees that are being dosed with systemic imidacloprid. Near by, but in pots, I am growing some herbs ...
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Will a homemade insecticide affect the taste of herbs or other edible plants?

I'm thinking about using a homemade insecticide like a small amount of dish soap/coffee/Aloe vera mixed with water for my Stevia plant which the insects seem to like. I'm worried though that what I ...
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How do you use potassium bicarbonate to control powdery mildew?

This post describes using potassium bicarbonate to control powdery mildew, but doesn't give any more info. So I'm looking for the following: Efficacy? Mixing rate? Application rate? Application ...
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Is it possible to verify that my “organic” landscaper isn't sneaking synthetic fertilizers and/or pesticides onto my property?

A lot of companies offer "organic" programs for lawn and landscape care. I have listened to a lot of cynics say that all of them sneak prohibited chemicals onto the landscape to deliver results (...
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Are Daminix tick tubes locally effective in controlling ticks?

This is a very appealing option for low impact tick control, but do they actually diminish the local tick populations significantly? Do they control more than just the deer tick?
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What evidence is there for the toxicity of Neem oil to humans?

I have used Neem oil (Fertilome's 3-in-1) on some tomato plants twice since I began getting into vegetable gardening. The thing is that I have heard/read, on one hand, that it is not toxic and quite "...
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How do I get rid of insects on fruit trees?

I have an infestation of aphids on my citrus and pomegranate trees. The bugs are being "farmed" by ants. I read they might actually be bringing the aphids to the trees. Is this at all a problem? Can ...
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Can I add commercial roses to my compost pile?

I'm not sure what kind of chemicals store bought roses are usually treated with. Bonus question: Can I dump the water in the vase on the pile as well (with the little feeding packets they give you)?
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Should I water my houseplants before or after spraying for spider mites?

Is it better to water my houseplants before or after spraying bayer products to control spider mites?
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What is an effective organic pesticide to use against aphids or cabbage loopers?

I have a vegetable garden that bugs just love. Since my family is going to eat these vegetables (and I'd prefer that the bugs do not), what organic pesticide is most effective? The main culprits are ...
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What are these 3' to 5' tall plants from my new back yard, and how should I remove them?

I just moved into a new apartment (in Brooklyn, NY) with my own backyard. My girlfriend and I are very excited. However, my backyard is overgrown with that vine-looking-green-stuff. My current plan ...
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How can I tell if a seed coating contains pesticides or fungicides?

I purchased some Dichondra seeds online to plant in my large reptile's enclosure. There was no mention of the seeds being treated - but when I received them I noticed that the seeds were coated and ...
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Would more concentrated solutions of soybean oil be better for insect control?

If soybean oil is used in such low concentrations as .5%, why wouldn't using higher concentrations be better? Is there something preventing a higher concentration being useful or effective?
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How to kill a butterfly bush [duplicate]

I have a large butterfly bush in my back yard that has grown up between fences (the previous homeowner put privacy fence on either side of a chain link fence, so its impossible to get to all of the ...
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How do I get rid of lawn grubs?

My lawn is progressively getting worse every year. I've got large bare patches that just won't take seed, and in the spring and fall I've got racoons and skunks digging up grubs. There is also a ...
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What is the best way to grow vegetables without using chemical insecticide?

I am looking for tips and recommendations because I do not want to use any pesticides. I am in Jamaica where insects are a big problem. I am using a combination of dish soap and hot pepper. Any ...
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How can I control Viburnum Beetle on my Snowball tree?

I have a mature Snowball tree (Viburnum opulus) that is stripped of its leaves and severely weakened several times a year by the viburnum beetle. The Royal Horticultural Society recommend several ...