Friday, June 26, 2009

The Urge to Kill Has Returned.



Do your plants need a bath? Are you sure? We have had a major invasion of spider mites and squash bugs. I don't like to use anything that could poison us or harm fish and such. Very few insecticides are used here at all. The exception is soap. Soap will smother insects. In order for insecticidal soaps to work, you must get them on the bug. To avoid killing your good bugs, you must keep the soap off those bugs. I make my own soap mixture. It is pink and smells like roses.

Ingredients
Zote soap (laundry isle of grocery story)
Water.

Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped or shredded soap in 3 cups of water and nuke for one minute. Stir the mixture with a whisk and let cool. Poor through a fine strainer into a spray bottle.

Spray the mixture onto infested plants getting it on the bug. Do this in the evening in order to avoid burning your plants. After about five minutes rinse off the plants, again, to avoid burning the leaves. Squash bugs will die in less than a minute. It is fun to watch them fall over dead. As I cannot actually see a spider mite, killing them is not quite as much fun. A couple of days after treating a tomato plant for spider mites, it looks much better, so spider mites are obviously controlled.

Zote
soap is really cheap at less than a dollar a bar. It last forever and really helps get stains out of clothes. Trust me, the monkeys can make some stains.
Got any organic bug control tips? Posted by Picasa

10 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Zote, is it something new, or am I just not paying attention in the store (probably the latter)?

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  2. I've been using it for about a year, but I don't think it's new. Brookshires has it.

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  3. I'd never heard of Zote either until a few weeks ago when I was reading my Vermont Country Store catalogue. Now I'll definitely have to look for it! As for organic controls, the old blast of water trick really does work for aphids, and those yellow sticky traps will trap whiteflies (but yuck, then you have to look at them).

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  4. What a great tip - thanks!!

    And the title of this post truly made me "LOL"!

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  5. I've never heard of zote either. Great tip though. I have some rather small tomato plants and my zuchinni is turning yellow. Guess I'm doing internet research tonight!

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  6. Debbi--here is one for aphids:

    Tomato Leaf Spray--soak one to two cups of chopped tomato leaves in two cups of water. Let it steep overnight. Strain the leaves out of the liquid. Add another one to two cups of water to the liquid and add it to a spray bottle.
    Spray stems and foliage of infested plant.

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  7. Nice tip, thanks! I hate spider mites and they usually show up every summer to dine at my plant feast.

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  8. OFB, I love that stuff. I got it to clean dirty soccer uniforms (Baby Monkey likes to slide tackle) then started using it on the plants. Good stuff.

    Thanks Ginger

    Cinj, Zuccini just turning yellow probably too much water, but check for squash bugs.

    Hey linda, Never thought about that I wonder what datura would do?

    Kim and Victoria, they are such a hassle.

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  9. Debbi--I read that it is safe for everything, but I don't know for sure on the angel trumpet. You can also use garlic spray, but they say this is safer. I have some brewing right now!

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