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julianna_il
15 years ago

Has anyone tried a product with this in it, such as Monterey?

It's considered organic, made from fermented soil or something. Relatively new and goes after chewing not sucking bugs. They claim it's safe for beneficials. (But I don't know about bees...they specifically say ladybugs and lacewings) I also don't know about praying mantises, and I've got an egg case out there that hasn't yet hatched. (That I know of...I haven't seen any guys)

It specifically is supposed to kill cuke beetles, vine borers, thrips and others. Lots of beetles (which is why I don't understand why it wouldn't hurt ladybugs).

I thought they had to eat a leaf with spinosad and then die, but then I read on Gardens Alive that they just have to walk on it. (So why not sucker bugs then?)

Sluggo has a new super sluggo with spinosad in it, but it's for bugs on the ground. Esp. good for fire ants, which are not a problem here.

I'm thinking of getting some and spraying the bases of curcurbits for the borers, and then to have on hand if/when the cuke beetles show up...if they start bothering anything but my trap plants. (Caserta and blue hubbard squash)

Has anyone used it, what do you think? It seems to be new enough that I can't find a lot of good info on it. Dirt Doctor seems to think it's going to be a great product, or at least much better than the pyrethrins and neem because it doesn't hurt the ladybugs.

Comments (85)

  • julianna_il
    Original Author
    12 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    LOL, no, had no idea I was committing a crime. I thought I was being extra nice by being so loving of my bees and other critters.

    If the gardening police show up and haul me off, please send me a cake with a file in it!

  • alouwomack
    12 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    You got it. I hope they have computer access so you can let me know where you are!

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    12 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hello again Julianna! Just wanted to say thank you again for the "injection" suggestion you use on your squash. I've only injected once and all 3 of my yellow squash plants are pest-free...not one sign of infestation!

  • julianna_il
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    12 years ago
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    Oh that's wonderful!!!

    Now please put your hands above your head and wait calmly for the police.

  • Michael
    12 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    LOL, what becomes of the injected Spinosad, are you eating it? Guess we'll never know, HA HA HA! Guaranteed, nobody ever did any research on the fate of Spinosad when injected into plants. Oh who cares, keep on injecting.

  • julianna_il
    Original Author
    12 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hmmm, Michael. I wondered why I was feeling kind of drunk after eating the squash.

  • Michael
    12 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Did the dead worm you found smell a bit like Mescal? Twarnt the Spinosad that got'em Julianna ;)

  • alouwomack
    12 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Michael . . . that ingestion thought is, well, a really good thought! I wonder if it is any different than the spray being absorbed on the foliage? Either way, I'll keep spraying/injecting :) and eating the yummy squash :)

  • Michael
    12 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    As far as what the product is exposed to on the plant vs in the plant via injection, there certainly are differences. I.E., inside is not exposed directly to UV and far less to no free oxygen. It is like the fate of an herbicide that lands on a plant vs soil vs water and it's impact due to what acts on it to change it's chemistry. On the surface of a plant, UV can have definite activity on many substances, inside enzymes and proteins can act on them changing their form to something completely different.

    I don't mean to huff and puff about legality but keep in mind the research that precedes the release of the substances that are released onto the market that may seem rather benign like Serenade. I seriously doubt anyone did a moment's worth of research into the fate of it when injected into a plant. The label is meant to protect the user and the environment, what is on the label has it's basis in research and carries the weight of law.

  • alouwomack
    12 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Michael,

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  • Michael
    12 years ago
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    Ain't no thang Amber, there is no point in huffing and puffing here on the GW, just trying to call stuff like I see it with no malice. Besides, I'm way too slow a typist to vent online :)

  • asimina
    11 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

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  • asimina
    11 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    As far as the systemic squash spinosad there is a product called Comfortis also spinosad that is a pill for dogs that kills fleas and ticks (sucking insects) while being harmless for the dog. I am thrilled to find out about injecting squash stems because here in N. central Florida I consistently get 1 summer squash before the plants are completely annihilated. I have also found it to work great on fire ants sometimes with all discernible ants being dead by morning. The story I heard of it's origin is that it is a metabolite of a fungus that was found on an abandoned rum distillery.

  • Kimmsr
    11 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Keep in mind that if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. Also keep in mind that any insect poison needs to be used with care and poisons are not a substitute for good gardening practices. There are still many of us organic gardeners that have serious reservations about Spinosad.

  • julianna_il
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    11 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I've gotten a number of emails from people about the Spinosad technique. I know it caused a bit of controversy, and all I'm saying is that it has continued to work well for me.

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    Cucumber beetles: very few, but it only takes one with a dirty mouth to infect my cucumbers and kill them. So I use the clay and that definitely helps. I also do successive plantings, and grow varieties that aren't as susceptible to bacterial wilt (which is what the cuke beetles carry): Eureka and County Fair. They carry on if my others bite the dust.

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    Another reason to grow butterfly weed: it brings in more bees than you've ever seen. Every afternoon, it's like its own galaxy of bees of every kind. It's just amazing to see, and they seem to understand I'm a friend, and I've never been stung. I have my face literally an inch away from the bees and wasps, and they don't bother me at all. It's bizarre, but cool.

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    The downside of butterfly weed: it's a native plant and can spread, although I like it so much, I like it to spread.

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  • ryan112479_yahoo_com
    11 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Maybe its just me but I seldom believe in claims that a procuct will kill certain insects without hurting others. Ok so maybe it only affects insects through injestion, but don't beneficial insects often thrive on those who are labeled pest, and what happens when a beneficial insect eats a pest insect that has injested this chemical. Also don't honey bees injest nectar from plants? So what happens to the honey bee who has injested nectar from these plants. Your better of letting mother nature run her course. You can aid in this process by creating a diversified garden and inviting birds, snakes, bats and toads. Why do we feel the need to spray everything with something that some scientist claims to be safe, and in the meantime he handles it with rubber gloves. If we have a diversified garden maybe we would still lose a couple plants to pest, but we wouldn't lose everything, and I don't mind sacrificing a couple plants for the overall well being of the garden.

  • soupaman
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    If I keep getting cabbage loopers would I be better to start by ordering some ladybugs/beetles online or just go straight to Spinosad - mostly they only seem to effect collard greens and bok Choy - may be a little warm to be growing them which is why I'm getting the loopers? - presently I use no chemicals or fertilizers other than compost. I'm getting really frustrated inspecting every day killing the loopers only to find new holes in the morning.

  • Ohiofem 6a/5b Southwest Ohio
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    The best way to control cabbage loopers and most caterpillars is BT. It is a bacteria that is very specific and won't hurt beneficial insects. It's sold as Dipel (a powder) and Thuricide (a liquid). It's very effective if you reapply after every rain or once a week, which ever comes first. It's one of the oldest organic controls. I like spinosad for lots of pests, but I think BT is safer and possibly more effective for cabbage loopers and tomato horn worms.

  • woohooman San Diego CA zone 10a
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    LOL... hope I made the right purchases on Amazon. A friend gave me a gift card and I purchased Spinosad, ladybugs, and BT. My ladybugs arrived today and I plan on releasing tomorrow. Will be my first time using spinosad. I've always had troubles with beneficials sticking around long enough to notice any help.

    Soupaman, ohiofem is right. BT is the way to go with butterflies and moths---you just have to start early and not let a hornworm get large. Supposedly, umbrella type plants (dill, parsley, carrots, allysum et al) will attract trichogramma wasps which use hornworms for their pupae, is an effective method. BT should take care of your looper problem though. Also, you may want to try kale instead of collards--- I've had much more success growing kale than collards--- from pest problems to bolting to harvest. I can leave kale in the garden for well over a year and hardly ever have to tend to them except watering and harvest. It tastes about the same as collards and actually has a tad more health benefits. Just my 2 cents.

    Good luck.

  • hoorayfororganic
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Why don't we just focus on good gardening practices, healthy soil systems, and doing things the way they are supposed to be done, rather than poisoning and tinkering the environment in a never ending pursuit of lazy bandaid solutions that waste our money? That would seem easier than nuking a garden with chemicals, whether they are synthetic or not.

  • mackel_in_dfw
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    "Users of B.t. are encouraged to consult local officials or the nearest EPA regional office responsible for protecting endangered species before using B.t. products in counties where susceptible endangered species of Lepidoptera are known to be present."
    -Extonet

    "B. thuringiensis appears to have mutagenic potential in plant tissue."
    -University of Cornell

    ...The timing of application of bt is critical, there are several different strains each for a different application, there are other more effective methods as of right now, and all insecticidal regimes produce collateral damage.

    Bt has become a last resort and a relic of old schol organics. Spinosad is worse, a honeybee killer, a synthesized molecule that mimics a naturally occurring biotoxin.

    "Collateral damage", killing the "non-target", in theory brings on novel, successive and repeated disease pressures, there is always a double edge sword when the gardener has his lazer phazer on. There is absolutely nothing philosophically or inherently safe about naturally occuring poisons.

    Essential oils combined with biosoaps along with strong garlic and pepper teas are where it's happening, and planning ahead is always the cornerstone in preventing most all overwhelming pest problems. Much of what we are learning today about "what works best" borrows heavily from lessons learned in permaculture.

    ackel

  • ella_bell
    10 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    It's really not necessary to go to so much trouble to use a debated pesticide in an untested way for squash vine borers when there is a very simple, easy, pesticide-free method for protecting squash plants. Starting mid-summer, check the base of the stems for the tell-tale SVB sign, which is a tuft of rust-colored, digested stem waste left by the borer larvae. Using a thin, very sharp, pointed knife, slit just one side of the stem vertically from the red tuft upward a few inches so you can peak inside. Then, with the knife tip, gently scoop out any borers you find and dispose of them as you wish. (You can't miss 'em: the larva is cream-colored with a brown-black head; see linked photo.)

    You many need to follow the rust-colored trail upward by slitting higher if they have been at it for a while, but if you check each time you are in the garden and act quickly, you can usually spot them before they eat their way too far. Once you remove the larva or larvae (I've never found more than one per plant), you just hill up dirt to cover the slit, and then water well.

    New roots will grow from the stem and the plant will continue to grow and produce. Be sure to re-hill the dirt over the wound if needed, especially after heavy rain. This has worked well for me every time, no matter how big and bad the slit. It's also super quick and easy and absolutely no pesticides are needed. I learned this from the Victory Garden book by Bob Thomson years ago.

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  • gretchenb
    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    thought you guys might find this helpful.

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  • little_minnie
    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    The tests done on bee reaction to Spinosad were way out of the norm of usual use; that is in large and fresh quantities. I feel it is the second safest pesticide next to Bt but only for use in a limited and careful way. Definitely is best to use on non-flowering plants like potatoes (most of the year anyway) so bees are not affected. It is safer than truly broad spectrum organic pesticides like neem and pyrethrum which are plant based but more potent. Row covers are a much better idea along with beneficial insects. In my market garden I use Bt on brassicas and spinosad on potatoes and maybe twice a year on brassicas. I use a vacuum for cucumber beetles and a drop of oil for corn earworms. Lady bugs for aphids and I haven't found anything yet for the tunneling leaf miners except row cover.

  • gretchenb
    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    is there no systemic deterrent for citrus leafminers? I've read a couple or three articles somewhere that florida had discovered some tiny wasp as a natural predator, but they aren"t available commercially, at least as far as my limited online research can determine. My older trees seem to be holding up fairly well, but between the asian psyllids and leafminers, my backyard is turning into a very sad place. I have a number of huge flowering plants, including a number of "bee happy" angel trumpet, and I hate to upset my happy bees by spraying just for a decent outcome of citrus from my little newbie trees

  • soulbandaid
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    There are a lot of questions about spinosad in this thread i'd like to answer. I stumbled here researching (out of curosity) spinosad, specifically the systemic application. I'd like to clear some things up about this really strange chemical(s).

    What is spinosad

    "Spinosad insecticide is based on a compound found in the bacterial species Saccharopolyspora spinosa (S. spinosa). The genus of Saccharopolyspora was discovered in 1975 by Lacey and Goodfellow, who described isolates from crushed sugar cane which produce yellowish-pink aerial hyphae, with beadlike chains of spores enclosed in a characteristic hairy sheath"
    It is "derived from a family of natural products obtained by fermentation of S. spinosa"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinosad

    Spinosad is bacteria poop, in the same way beer is yeast poop. some sceintist found S. spinosa and we eventually figured out how to purify it's wastes into a pesticide. This is why spinosad is certified organic according to many of the certifying boards. In the strictest sense spinosad comes from something living.

    Spinosad targets the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in insects. The neonicotinoids also target this receptor in insects. I assume that spinosad is not called a neonicotinoid because it comes from a bacteria, and the neonicotinoids are synthetic chemicals designed to target this receptor.

    About honeybees.

    Some scientists have implicated neonicotinoids as the causitive agent in colony collapse disorder (CCD). Because of the nature of bees and CCD (bees store food and any poisions in that food over time) it is hard to pinpoint a cause, but there are many good reasons to think that neonicotinoids affect honeybees without killing them, and may cause CCD. Some countries have banned neonicorinoids because of their possible link to CCD. As far as I know no country has banned spinosad.
    This artical is about a neonicotinoid, not spinosad.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imidacloprid_effects_on_bees

    The systematic use

    Using Spinosad systemically is illeagal in the US right now (for gardners). I found this article (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16180075) Where scientists found that by putting spinosad on rockwool, they could get a tomato to take up spinosad. It binds to soil. The tomatoes were protected from mites for 30 days, and the scientists were able to detect the spinosad in the plant at that point. So It stays in the plants for a good while. Since spinosad is broken down by the sun the systematic approach fends off insects for much longer than spraying. So if you used this approach within 30 days of fruiting it is very likely your fruits contain spinosad.

    Also, a related chemical, Imidacloprid, is used systemically on dogs to treat fleas (the drops)

    About toxicity to predator mites and people.

    Spinosad targets the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). These receptors change as lifeforms get larger. Neonicotinoids are very effective against smaller bugs and much less effective against larger ones. They kill mites, thrips, fleas and such at very low dosages, but bees and mammals at much higher dosages.

    Other chemicals which act on the same receptor have been shown to mess with bees in sub-lethal doses, causing bees to get lost (one symptom of CCD).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imidacloprid_effects_on_bees

    My opinion

    I personally use Imidacloprid drops on my dog, and would not worry about a tomato that contained spinosad, because they appear safe for mammals. I would urge gardners to stay away from neonicotinoids and spinosad for use on anything that flowers because of its implication in colony collapse disorder.

  • gretchenb
    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    thank you soulbandaid. About 3 yrs ago I tried Spinosad systemically because Bayer claimed it helped with leafminers and asian citrus psyllids...not so. Then I started reading journal articles, and other articles claiming again and again that spinosad was likely the
    no. 1 culprit in CCD. they can't ALL be wrong.

  • soulbandaid
    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Imidacloprid has been implicated strongly. Spinosad has just barely been studied on bees. No one knows what causes CCD. Imidacloprid stays active in plants for a year and is marketed as such for ornamental and fruit trees. Spinosad's relatively shorter duration, combined with the lower rates of application mean that spinosad is very well not the main no.1 culprit. If I had to pick one it would be Imidacloprid, but scientist really don't know.

    What I meant to point out is that the mechanism of action of spinosad is similar to the neonicotinoids .There are good reasons to belive that Imidacloprid and other neonicotinoids and maybe spinosad too, are causal factors in CCD (In all likelihood there are many causes for CCD)

    I found some research where scientists tried to cause CCD with spinosad in pollen with sub-lethal doeses and were unable to do so. So at least one group of scientists have looked into it and found it does not cause CCD. There are also several studies looking at acute toxicity from ingestion by bees, but these don't apply to CCD since most of us think CCD is caused by sub-lethal toxicity (turns out spinosad isn't directly very toxic to bees unless it's wet). So for now you should consider any link between spinosad and CCD speculation and conjecture.

    If anyone has any studies where they demonstrate sub-lethal toxic effects of spinosad I would love to read them.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15880684

  • little_minnie
    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I don't see how it could be the culprit. You would have to know what spinosad is being used on commercially. I don't see it as a main pesticide for commercial farms. Does anyone know what crops they use it on? I know it works well for potatoes and may be used for that, but if so potatoes don't really flower much and so no bees would be in a potato field to be killed. Is it used on fruit trees or something?
    In a home organic garden you would be best using it sparingly on non-flowering plants as I said above.

  • David Shawver
    9 years ago
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    I've had great success with it. Fire Ants gone usually within two days. I use it whenever ants strike one of my container gardens. Product is called "Come and get it"

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    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I've skimmed this long thread. Very interesting. The one thing I didn't see was this. I contacted the Monterey company to ask if Spinosad was a contact or an ingested insecticide and they sad that it was both. Very emphatic. by contact, I assume that means you have to spray it on the insect. So maybe good bugs like ladybugs who don't eat plants and don't happen to be around to get sprayed survive??????

  • gretchenb
    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    It is both...emphatically. Sucking insects via leaves, etc. are affected, as are bugs which come in contact after it's applied. Who is to say when it's ok for beneficials to come in contact after it's sprayed? After a day, after one rain, two? Give up the crop and save the bees if necessary

  • nc_crn
    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Spinosad can be applied safely with bees in the area within a manner of hours. 2-3 hours after it's applied and "dried" onto the plant it's danger to bees is rather negligible. By the same effect, it's effect on sucking insects (such as aphids) is also rather negligible after that time frame. It's best effect is on leaf munchers rather than sucking insects on whole.

    If you apply it during the late evening, most honey bee activity is extremely low at this point. Those with high bee traffic might want to avoid applying it to plants in flower, too. This severely reduces it's effects on bees to a practically negligible amount of impact.

  • Kimmsr
    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    While some, manufacturers and sellers of the product, will tell you that it can be applied safely those that have no vested interest in selling Spinosad still have great reservations about its use. Spinosad that directly contacts pollinators is of acute toxicity. Some studies do indicate that if the Spinosad has been applied in very low volume amounts after 3 hours of drying it is relatively non toxic.
    This poison is one that needs to be used with great care.

  • Michael
    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Tried it on my spuds when the CO Potato Beetle adults finally showed up. The next day there were numerous adults dead on the ground below the plants. During the spraying there were lady bugs in the spud plants also, none of them were dead on the ground post spraying and lots were moving and grooving up in the plants, they were apparently unharmed by exposure to Spinosad.

    In short, the lady bugs were present in the spud crop long before and after the Spinosad app. and the CPB adults got wiped out by it.

    I think the brand was "Captain Jacks Dead Bug Juice", contains both Spinosad A and B.

  • SweetAlyssum
    9 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I was excited to discover information on this organic compound. And now very uncomfortable to realize the broad impact it is capable of on beneficials including butterflies (lepidoptera) etc. Particularly during flowering phases, this has potential for devastation of unintended targets. Be very careful and cautious. There is much unknown about the widespread, longterm IMPACT.

  • blazeaglory
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Heres and idea....Use it in moderation, at certain times and do not spray on flowers or when bees are present? In the meantime, try to foster a healthy growing environment to encourage beneficial insects. I realize sometimes you have to use a certain type of spray but use it sparingly and do not spray on areas where bees would be, ie; open flowers or during the peak time of day for bees.

    My 2 cents

  • briergardener_gw
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Somebody used it for SWD?
    I am fighting this insects on raspberries without a lot of success.

  • jocoyn
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I know this is from March but I have been struggling with this topic.......The pickleworms came in a whole month early and took me by surprise. Destroyed my squash crop, my baby watermelons, cantaloupes, and a bunch of cukes and took out several vines.

    I was very careful in its application after dusk, and it DOES seem there is some collateral damage to pollinators though not large scale.....but am really on the fence. Were it just boring into fruit but they were in stems destroying the plants. If I were to apply again, I would remove ALL flowers from the target plant. They can grow new ones, ya know.

    All the impacted plants are producing again and I am closely monitoring for any signs of damage. I am still spraying some inside the blossoms and tying them shut after the bees have had their way (squash; the others are too small to do that with)..I think I could do the same with BT though.

    Next year we will change and plant earlier and be more vigilant / I may look at how to use row covers for trellised plants This year, I have upped to a very detailed inspection twice a day. Also need to figure a way to grow my own nematodes. I love those things but too expensive to order for repeated foliar application.

    It makes you realize that all those cheap organic foods may be bought with a price; just because something has an organic label on it does not mean that it belongs in a permaculture setting. It seems the possibility for abuse is great.

  • chickencoupe
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I'm beginning to wonder if some of the religious initiates actually comprehend the severity of bug infestations. Why is everyone assuming it's just "a few plants to sacrifice". I cannot speak for anyone else but I battle both the squash vine borer as well as the squash bug and they destroy EVERY cucurbit under the sun - starting with the squash. And if they're not BEAT to a minimum that year (whether I have plants or not) the next year will be impossible. And why can't these same initiates just be grateful that organic growing trends is a happening.... and a good one.

    Ya'll act like we're liberally pouring round up on the ground.

    Think about the plants when you turn the ignition switch. Think of the exhaust tearing up the environment. Absolutes are absolutes. Don't be holding anyone else to your own standards unless you're totally pure.

    I guess it just gives people a false sense of security to think they're more pure than anyone else.

    Relax people.

  • jocoyn
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Chickencoupe, rather abrasive post. Things we learn in our backyard - some are re-learned from years past - some are going forward.

    When I thought about the spinosad, I thought about the tomato hornworm I saw this week with brachnid wasp larva on it. Had I put spinosad on THOSE crops , would the parasitic wasps been killed? probably...this stuff is fed to dogs to kill fleas.....There are always unintended consequences and we seem to constantly screw things up with high tech / corporate chemical approaches.

    My personal goal is to find the balance. My grandparents raised their own food without pesticides or antibiotics and ate well. I remember every summer night snapping beans, shucking corn, and days of canning done by my grandmother. And I remember -the quality of that food-part of which has driven me back to organic and permaculture.

    By and large I am not seeing what rabid fanaticism prompted your reply. Those few posts raising questions are well thought out. Some real questions. FWIW, I have had NO borer issues this year and I saw them every day. I merely sprayed the stems of my squash with a soap mix (Dr Bronners and water) once a week and used NEEM both as a drench and a leaf wash.

  • nancyanowak
    7 years ago

    Is this topic still active? I am using Montery Spinosad to treat SWD. Is anyone else doing that? If it rains 12 hours after applying the product on the berry bushes, should I respray?

  • Ohiofem 6a/5b Southwest Ohio
    7 years ago

    Are you talking about Spotted Wing Drosophila? If so, spinosad is supposed to be effective against them. You do need to reapply it after a hard rain, which I would define as more than an inch in a few hours.

  • nancyanowak
    7 years ago

    I am talking about the Spotted Wing Drosophilia. I sprayed spinosa last night and it rained one half inch, pretty hard, about 12 hours later. The SWD is really a terrible pest. Do you think it might ever be eradicated?

  • nancyanowak
    7 years ago

    Thanks for responding! I appreciate that very much!

  • Ohiofem 6a/5b Southwest Ohio
    7 years ago

    Sorry, I have used spinosad on other pests, so I know about the rain question, but I've never dealt with SWD. I looked it up on a couple extension agency websites and saw that spinosad was among the effective pesticides. Here's a good one: http://www.lincolnu.edu/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=c7c45269-ec41-4c9a-ab17-c1ca64ebb8e4&groupId=13583

    Sounds awful. If I were you, I would spray again. Good luck.

  • briergardener_gw
    7 years ago

    I am fighting SWD for couple years. Nancyanowak, I found that it's not good to spray at night because SWD are sleeping and maybe not on the tree that you are spraying, but by morning it can dry or washed by rain.

    This spring I have more time and found that picking every-every berry and spraying (big drops that could stay on leaves) spinosad + molasses early in morning and late evening when they are visible on bushes helps to handle SWD. I hope to get rid of them this year.

  • nancyanowak
    7 years ago

    Thank you briergardener! I am spraying raspberry and blackberry bushes. Do you mean that you picked all the berries before they were ripe or as they ripened?

    How much molasses did you add to the mixture? I am using Monterey garden insect spray with Spinosad. It is 4T to a gallon of water in a tank sprayer. My black raspberries are ripe now, then come the blackberries and finally the red raspberries. I live in Michigan. The berries grow fantastic here, but now I have the SWD problem. PIcking the berries, I only found a few so far with the SWD maggots in them. I put them in a plastic bag to throw out ( the ones with the maggots. THey are always really soft.

    I would appreciate any help and tips you might have for me. I have about 50 or so bushes.

  • briergardener_gw
    7 years ago

    I pick those that are ripe or almost ripe. Idea is not to let any berry with maggot remain on bush or fall because it will create new fly. I add 1TB of molasses to half gallon of mixture. I don't have big amount of bushes of course, it let me not to spray berries themselves, I am trying to have drops on leaves, not berries.

    I also hang traps with apple cider vinegar.