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Chemical pesticides can be dangerous and harmful to the environment, people, pets and beneficial insects and are best left for severe problems and infestations only -- but there are many low-impact, natural and organic options available for the majority of issues.  Following are some of my favorite low-impact, organic and natural pest controls, beneficial insects, disease and fungal controls; along with a few stronger specialized products, insecticides, and targeted home insect pest control solutions:

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SAFETY TIPS FOR PEST CONTROLS:
  • Try to use organic, low-impact and natural solutions before resorting to chemicals.
  • Always wear proper eye protection, masks, gloves and long-sleeve clothing when spraying; especially when spraying overhead or in windy conditions.
  • Keep all chemicals and poisons out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Don't spray in the presence of unprotected persons, children or pets.
  • Avoid spraying flowering plants with insecticide while bees are active during the day.
  • Use extreme caution using chemicals near fish, birds, water sheds and bodies of water.
  • Be very cautious of over-spray and drift when applying herbicides such as glyphosate.



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Ant Bait Station Kit
(2 stations + 32 oz bait)
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         Gourmet Liquid Bait        
Refill 32 Oz.
This low toxicity, borax-based ant control kit includes 32 ounces of bait — a whole summer's worth — plus two bait reservoirs that are weather-proof, spill-proof, and pet-safe. It's the same type of ant control system professionals use, at a fraction of the cost. Simply locate them around the perimeter of your house or in your garden near problem areas.  Effective on sugar-feeding and protein-feeding ants, harvester ants, carpenter ants, even cockroaches.  Professional method keeps property ant-free for months.  Safely kills both the colony and the queen.  Please note: This bait is not effective on fire ants.





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Mosquito Control Rings
Set of 6
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     Mosquito Control Rings      
Set of 20  

Standing water can breed swarms of mosquitoes, even in your birdbath or rain barrel. Mosquito Control Rings contain BT Israelensis, a naturally occurring bacterium that kills mosquito larvae for a full 30 days. Each slow-release, floating Control Ring treats 100 square feet of surface area in your pond or water garden, no matter how deep. Rings measure 2-1/4" in diameter by 3/4" thick.  Can be stored in a dry, cool area for up to two years.





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Mosquito Beater Granules
1 lb Container 



Tired of being trapped on the screen porch while mosquitoes have the run of your property? This innovative granular repellent infuses your lawn with natural oils that drive mosquitoes away. It lasts for weeks, even if it rains. It contains potent oils of geranium, lemongrass and cedar, and decomposes into a beneficial soil conditioner. Contains geranium oil, cedar oil, lemongrass oil, garlic and citronella oil 1 lb. container Bug-proofs 4000 square feet.







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BT Caterpillar Control
Concentrate 16 oz

Caterpillars are the eating machines of the garden. Some are able to double their weight every few days, given enough food — that is, your precious plants. BT Caterpillar Control uses the power of natural parasitic microbes which cause the caterpillars to die within days after ingestion of treated foliage.  Organically eliminates most species of caterpillars including cabbage loopers, tomato hornworms, tent caterpillars and gypsy moth larvae. Apply at the first sign of infestation and again at 2 week intervals if necessary.  16-oz. bottle of concentrate treats up to 10,875 square feet.  Active ingredient: Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki. Can be applied up to the day of harvest.






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Spinosad Concentrate
18 oz
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Spinosad Spray 32 oz
 Ready-to-Use

Spinosad is a soil-dwelling bacterium that controls dozens of insect pests: bagworms, borers, beetles, spider mites, tent caterpillars, loopers, and many, many more. Yet it has a low environmental impact because, once dry, it only kills insects that ingest it. That means you won't harm bees or other beneficial insects (just spray in the evening when they are not active). Contains spinosad (spinosyn A and spinosyn D).  Ready-to-use spray is a 32-ounce bottle, 18-ounce concentrate makes 8 gallons. Always read and follow label directions carefully.






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Pyrethrin / Canola 24 oz
Ready-to-Use



Rid your plants of aphids, Japanese beetles, mites and scale, without chemical insecticides. Dual pest control spray uses fast-acting natural pyrethrins to kill insects and larvae on contact; canola oil smothers eggs. Active ingredients: canola oil and pyrethrins, 24 ounces. Always read and follow label directions carefully.







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Japanese Beetle Killer
32 oz Ready-to-Use



Japanese beetles are voracious eaters and can cause extensive damage to many garden and landscape plants by skeletonizing leaves and ruining flowers. This pyrethrin-based insecticide is an effective way to control these pests. In addition to controlling Japanese beetles, it also controls cucumber beetles, flea beetles, cabbageworms, Colorado potato beetles, and more. Comes in a convenient, ready-to-use 32-ounce spray bottle. Active ingredients: pyrethrins (.02%), piperonyl butoxide (0.20%).  Always read and follow label directions carefully.







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3-in-1 Disease Control
24 oz Ready-to-Use


This dual-action formula has sulfur to control fungus, and natural pyrethrins to kill mites and other insects on contact. Effective on roses and other flowers, trees and shrubs, vegetables and fruits (can be used up to day before harvest) and houseplants, too.  Dual-action spray controls fungal diseases and insects.  Use on both vegetables and ornamentals.  24-oz. ready-to-use spray bottle.









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Orchard Spray
Concentrate 32 oz
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Orchard Spray
Hose-End Spray 32 oz

Orchard Spray protects fruit trees and bushes, nut trees, ornamentals and vegetables, naturally. It's effective against blight, blackspot, powdery mildew, aphids, mites, caterpillars, whiteflies and many, many more plant pests and diseases. Offered in a ready-to-use hose-end spray bottle (just attach to your hose); or in a plain bottle — use for refills or with your own sprayer. Both contain 32 oz. of potent concentrate. Contains sulfur and pyrethrins. Spray in evening to avoid bees. Always read and follow label directions carefully.







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Neem Oil Spray 32 Oz
Ready-to-Use


Neem Oil is an organic, multipurpose pest control that belongs in the tool shed of every gardener. Derived from the seed of the neem tree, it controls a wide variety of common garden insect pests and diseases. It can also be used as a dormant spray to control overwintering eggs of various insect pests. Active ingredient: clarified hydrophobic extract of neem oil, certified organic.   32-oz ready-to-use spray bottle. Always read and follow label directions carefully.







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Rose Rx 3-in-1
32 oz Ready-to-Use


It's an insecticide, a fungicide, and a miticide — and it's all-organic! Made from the oil of the neem seed, Rose Rx wards off virtually every known pest, from spider mites, whiteflies, Lily beetles and Japanese beetles to black spot and powdery mildew. It works for all flowers and ornamentals, and is safe for houseplants and food crops too. Active ingredient: organic neem seed oil 1-qt. ready-to-use spray bottle Always read and follow label directions carefully.








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All Seasons Spray Oil
Concentrate, 32 Oz

Unlike heavy "dormant" spray oils that can only be used in early spring, this lightweight oil can be used year-round on vegetables and ornamental plants to control many insect pests, including aphids, mealybugs, red spider mites and scale. Dilute oil according to label directions, then spray plants thoroughly, including the undersides of the leaves — horticultural oils kill insect pests by smothering them so complete coverage is essential. 32 oz. concentrate makes up to 12-1/2 gallons of spray. Paraffinic oil with emulsifier and spreader sticker.   32-ounce concentrate makes up to 12 -1/2 gallons.   Always read and follow label directions carefully.





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Serenade® Organic
Garden Disease Control
Concentrate 32 oz
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Serenade® Organic 
   Garden Disease Control     
Ready-to-use 32 oz  

Thousands of commercial growers use Serenade® Garden Disease Control to control foliar diseases, because it's so safe you can spray and harvest the same day. OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) listed, Serenade® Garden Disease Control contains Bacillus subtilis, a soil-dwelling bacterium that controls leaf blight, black mold, powdery mildew and many other diseases. Two sizes: the convenient, 32-ounce ready-to-use spray or the economical concentrate; 32-ounce bottle makes 8 to 16 gallons of spray Certified organic Always read and follow label directions carefully.




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Copper Fungicide Spray
32 oz Ready-to-Use


Copper fungicide spray is an effective control for a variety of plant diseases. Use as a preventative spray, beginning treatment about two weeks before the disease normally appears, or start spraying at the first signs of disease. Repeat at the interval recommended on the label, depending on the disease. Active ingredient: copper octanoate (copper soap) 0.08% One quart ready-to-use spray bottle treats 10 square yards. Always read and follow label directions carefully.






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Spinosad Dust   
 1-1/2 Lbs   
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Spinosad Dust   
 4 Lbs    


Spinosad Dust contains a soil-dwelling bacterium that controls dozens of insect pests: bagworms, borers, beetles, spider mites, tent caterpillars, loopers, and many, many more. Yet it has a low environmental impact:  because it's in a dry powder, it only kills insects that ingest it. That means you won't harm beneficial insects by spraying. Contains spinosad (spinosyn A and spinosyn D). Two sizes: 4 lbs or 1-1/2 lbs.  Always read and follow label directions carefully.






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Diatomaceous Earth
4 Lbs


Diatomaceous Earth is a super-fine dust that kills by abrading and dehydrating crawling insects. It controls slugs, ants, cockroaches, earwigs, fleas, and other crawling and soft-bodied insects without the use of chemicals. Made from the fossilized shells of ancient sea life, 4 lbs. Always read and follow label directions carefully.







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Pyrethrin &
Copper Sulfate
Garden Dust, 1 Lb
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Pyrethrin &
Copper Sulfate
Garden Dust, 4 Lbs


One-step Garden Dust controls a wide array of pests and diseases on flowers and vegetables.  Active ingredients are copper sulfate and pyrethrins.  Dust kills aphids, thrips, mites, Japanese beetles, cabbage worms, cucumber beetles, asparagus beetles, bean beetles, harlequin bugs, leaf rollers, stink bugs and more.  It also controls diseases like bacterial spot, blights, and powdery mildew.  1 lb. covers approx 1000 square feet.   Shaker-top can measures 3- 5/8" in diameter x 6- 1/2" H.  Always read and follow label directions carefully.





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Grub Guard
Beneficial Nematodes
1 Million

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Grub Guard
Beneficial Nematodes
6 Million


Japanese beetles are one of the most destructive garden pests. As adults, they ravage shrubs, flowers and vegetables. Grubs devour your lawn's root system and attract moles. Grub Guard beneficial nematodes are naturally occurring microorganisms that live in the soil, feeding on Japanese beetle grubs. Unlike chemical controls, they won't harm earthworms or most beneficial insects and are safe around pets. Contains Steinernema carpocapsae and Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. Sponge is 2-1/2" x 6". 1 million size treats 2,000 square feet, 6 million treats 12,000 square feet. Also controls Colorado potato beetle grubs, cutworms, root weevils, flea larvae and other soil-dwelling insects.




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Milky Spore Powder
10 oz Box
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Milky Spore Powder
40 oz Box

Milky Spore is a naturally occurring microscopic bacteria (Bacillus popilliae) that kills Japanese beetle grubs before they can grow into ravenous adults. It's a long-term solution because it survives winter temperatures. The Milky Spore population increases each year, reaching peak effectiveness about three years after application, and lasts ten years or more. 10-oz. box covers 2,500 sq. ft. 40-oz. box covers 10,000 sq. ft. You may still need to use traps and/or insecticides for immediate control of adult beetles already present in the area at the time of application.




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Slug Guard
Beneficial Nematodes
1 Million



Control slugs without chemicals. These beneficial nematodes are tiny, soil-dwelling predators that target slugs, killing them within 48 hours. One application is effective all summer. Unlike chemical controls, they won't harm earthworms or most beneficial insects, and they are safe to use around children and pets. Contains two species of beneficial nematodes: Steinernema and Heterorhabditis Treats 2,000 square feet Apply within two weeks of delivery when soil temps are between 35 and 85 degrees F.





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Ladybugs
Beneficial Insects
1500 Adults
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Praying Mantis
Beneficial Insects
1 Egg Case (200~300)


Ladybugs and praying mantises are voracious predators of many garden insect pests, including aphids, whiteflies, spider mites and mealy bugs. Your odrer includes approximately 1,500 adult ladybugs or an egg case of 200-300 praying mantis eggs. Each adult will eat several times its weight in insect pests daily! Ladybugs (Hippodamia convergens) help control aphids, whiteflies, spider mites and mealybugs. Mantises (Tenodera aridifolia sinensis) eat aphids, beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars, moths, mosquitoes, and other insects.
























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