FAQ’s – Insect Control

It sounds like you are describing Fungus gnats. Fungus gnats are common pests in houseplants throughout the U.S.

Often times Fruit files are mistaken for Fungus gnats. Fungus gnats are black or dark brown flies and measure approximately a sixth of an inch. They look somewhat like tiny mosquitoes because when flying their legs are noticeably long and gangly. Fruit flies tend to be bigger than Fungus gnats. Fruit flies measure approximately an eighth of an inch and are plumper and easier to see than a small Fungus gnats.

These worms are most likely cabbage loopers. Apply Bonide’s Thuricide or Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew, as they both contain a bacteria that the worms (caterpillars) will ingest and then die. It works very well on worms and caterpillars without harming beneficial insects. These two products can be used up to day of harvest on cabbage and cauliflower.

This large caterpillar is most likely a tomato hornworm. To control them, apply Bonide’s Thuricide or Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew, as they both contain a bacteria that the worms (caterpillars) will ingest and then die. It works very well on worms and caterpillars without harming beneficial insects. These two products can be used up to day of harvest on tomatoes.

Chances are you have grubs, the larvae stage of Japanese, or June Beetles. To make sure, you need to dig into the soil along the edge of the affected area. These worms are white with a brown head and will be curled up in the shape of the letter C. If you find them apply, Bonide Annual Grub Beater, Eight Insect Control, Systemic Insect Spray RTS or Insect and Grub, according to the label’s directions.

Since mosquitoes are flying insects, it can be harder to control them. With timely pesticide applications, using Mosquito Beater Ready to Spray, Eight Insect Control Yard & Garden, or Malathion in the early morning or late afternoon in and around shrubs, lawns and other areas where mosquitoes congregate, control can be achieved. Look for areas that retain water and drain them, as this is where the mosquitoes breed.

Cutworms are most likely the culprits. They feed on young plants and will eat through the stems causing the plants to lie down like they have been cut. Apply Eight Insect Control Vegetable Fruit & Flower, Garden Dust, Eight Garden Dust, Dragoon Dust or Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew Dust around the base of the plants to control these soil pests.

For best results, apply when temperature is between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

The label lists many fruits and vegetables. Please refer to the label for particular plant.

Insects ingest it and stop feeding.

Fruit Tree Spray is not a dormant spray. Bonide’s All Season’s Horticulture Oil and Liquid Copper Fungicide can be used as dormant sprays.

Depending on the issue one has, determines the time to spray. You should pick the 2 times that would do the most good. Also a good idea to rotate different products.

Testing data, which is on file with the EPA, determines the amount of sprays that can be applied. 

Fruit Tree Spray can separate. Shake it very well to get it back into solution. It should be milky white in solution with no yellow undertones.

Apply at least one hour before using area.

It may be effective up to 3 weeks depending on weather.

Always treat an area larger than what is to be occupied.

No, but please consider using Mosquito Beater Water Soluble Pouches instead.

Yes, do not apply below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Keep all persons and pets away from treated area until the spray is thoroughly dry.

How long must I wait before I can pick listed fruits or vegetables after applying Citrus Fruit & Nut Spray?

Keep all persons and pets away from treated area until the spray is thoroughly dry.

It can be used up to day before harvest.

No more than 10 times per season.

No, it is not for use on edibles.

No, it is not listed for use on lawns or turf.

Keep all persons and pets away from treated area until the spray is thoroughly dry.

7 – 10 days

No. Do not apply when plants are flowering. Apply before bloom or after all flowers fall off.

Mix 1 1/2 tsp per gallon of water. Spray to wet foliage (Leaves, stems and branches) thoroughly. Get undersides of leaves as well.

Spray every 10 -14 days as needed. Not to exceed max. rate per year.

Yes, mix 1 ounce of product per inch of tree circumference at 4.5 ft.  Example: If circumference is 10 inches mix 10 ounces of product in a gallon of water.  Pour around base of tree. If circumference is more than 50 Inches mix proper amount in 2 gallons of water.

Once a year.

One can per room is enough. If room is smaller than 5 x 5 leave door open and let fog come in from another room

For 4 hours, then open windows and vent for 2 hours or until no smell remains.

Pets must be removed and fish tanks must be covered.

No, it is not listed for indoor use.

Yes, several hours before applying to lawn, wet the grass thoroughly. Do not mow or water lawn for 24 hours after applying Eight Garden & Home RTU.

Do not allow people or pets to enter treated area until spray is thoroughly dry.

Yes, check the label for the vegetable you wish to spray. Be sure to follow the PHI (Pre-Harvest Interval).

No, fruits are not listed on the label.

Yes, spray the tents in the evening when the caterpillars are young and the tents are first noticed. Spray on all sides.

Do not allow people or pets to enter treated area until spray is thoroughly dry.