Is dish soap really a deterrent or just a detergent? i've been using 7 dust


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Sevin certainly gets rid of the bugs but it is highly toxic and doesn't discriminate between the good bugs and the Evil Empire of insects. Dish soap does work well as does companion planting. Many herbs are wonderful deterrents to insects if they are planted nearby, I've seen loads of posts on this site proclaiming their value and ability to repel. I won't use chemicals at all anymore, especially something like Sevin.
 
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My favorite is the red colored Palmalive dish soap. It will literally kill stink bugs in less than a minute, white flies instantly and spider mites in seconds. House flies die in midair. It makes me wonder if I should wash dishes with it or not.
 
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Not if its not been tested, even if its been used for ages. They are trying to stitch us up so that we have to buy things from the chemical companies.

On a forum, we can't be seen to be encouraging people to do something illegal, although one of our government ministers has said its highly unlikely that they will prosecute anyone for it.

So I guess we just do what the french do, say yeah, yeah to the EU & then just carry on as usual:D

We're not allowed to feed our chickens left over food from the kitchen either, its great being in the EU:D

Detterents are allowed, its only something that would kill a plant or pest.
 
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Maddie, someone recommended neem oil to me once for combating an ant problem. I am not sure where I could find it here. My mother used to make some kind of garden spray with pepper, and it may have had garlic as well as a drop of soap. I have a book someplace that discusses using essential oils in the garden as well. Some things seem to work best with certain plants; it's good we can all get together online and compare notes.
I only use neem oil as a last resort after everything else has failed in cases of mold, mildew and bacterial problems. It is the remedy of choice for scale insects. For normal insect pests Spinosad works great as does dish washing soap. Garlic spray works well as a deterrent and on roses a cure for thrips.. Spinosad is death on fireants
 
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My favorite is the red colored Palmalive dish soap. It will literally kill stink bugs in less than a minute, white flies instantly and spider mites in seconds. House flies die in midair. It makes me wonder if I should wash dishes with it or not.

ROFLOL! I feel that way about quite a lot of things. When I make soap spray I use the most mild "clean" liquid soap I can find.
 
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I use neem oil mixed with soap and water. (I buy insecticidal soap (organic) and mix them up into a spray bottle. The neem gels very easily so you might have to put the spray bottle into warm water to liquefy it. It works wonders on aphids. You have to be careful because it will kill bees if you spray the flowers. I also use homemade neem oil soap bars to wash my hands. I chew tobacco and lost my tomatoes once by infecting them all with tobacco mosaic virus. (Heirlooms by the way) Now I am careful with my nasty habit....Good growing. D
 

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