Best insect repellent?


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I am looking for something to go ahead and sprinkle around my garden to prevent any bug attacks. I do not want to kill any good bugs.

What does everyone use that works and not extremely toxic?

I was hearing about DE. Everyone says to stay away from Sevin dust
 
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I am looking for something to go ahead and sprinkle around my garden to prevent any bug attacks. I do not want to kill any good bugs.

What does everyone use that works and not extremely toxic?

I was hearing about DE. Everyone says to stay away from Sevin dust
DE is not a preventitive, it is a killer of all insects. I know of nothing you can sprinkle around as a preventative but spraying your plants with garlic helps a lot. When your plants are attacked you want to kill the attacking bugs and IMO the best insecticide out there is a spinosad based product like Capt Jacks. Every organic gardener needs only 3 products to take care of any eventuality. Spinosad, Neem Oil and Bt.
 
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And I can only add that bugs can smell a plant. Stinky essential oils like garlic oil and thyme oil are toward the idea of nasal camouflage. My dog for example can detect onions in just about anything. I use stinky oils to keep squirrel away from places like my covered gutters. Scent is chemistry and bugs are built for it.
 
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Yes, it will work. Look on the underside of the leaves for aphids. What ever it is spinosad will take care of it.
So aphids do the holes? What about one of the leads folding in and the other with the whiteness on it?

Thanks Chuck!
 
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So aphids do the holes? What about one of the leads folding in and the other with the whiteness on it?

Thanks Chuck!
Many time aphid damage looks like the white areas. They don't usually make the holes, chewing insects do. But what ever, spinosad will take care of the bugs.
 

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