Close Window
Click picture to enlarge
Sooner or later you may face the task of applying some type of pesticide. Insecticides can be used to control unwanted pests.
Click picture to enlarge
There are many different pesticides on the market. Some synthetic pesticides are highly toxic and harmful to humans. Fortunately there are several low toxicity materials available today that will control most damaging insects.
Click picture to enlarge
Choose the pesticide that has the lowest toxicity. Always read the label carefully. The pesticide label will tell you: what problems it controls; what plants it is safe to use on; and any other pertinent information. When in doubt, seek the advice of a professional!
Click picture to enlarge
Before applying even a low toxicity pesticide, put on a pair of protective rubber gloves. Even naturally derived pesticides can be somewhat harmful to humans when readily absorbed through skin.
Click picture to enlarge
Choose a spot to spray the plant that has plenty of ventilation but no blowing wind. Spray the plant thoroughly both on the tops and bottoms of the leaves. Take special care to spray the young growing tips of the plants because this is where many insects reside. To control most insects it is necessary to repeat this spraying process once every 7-10 days for a total of three applications. This is because most insect eggs tend to be resistant to insecticides. Multiple applications of insecticide will kill the insects that hatch out after earlier sprayings.