I have visited your webpage and am intriuged by your product line. However, I have a dog that likes to eat the grasshoppers, and I’ve a billion of them…

How do I kill the grasshoppers and not kill my dog? How long are your products toxic? What do you recommend?  I can move her to the front yard while I treat, but the little fallen bodies, are they toxic to her if she munches on them?

Non toxic grasshopper control can be tough. As explained in our GRASSHOPPER CONTROL ARTICLE, they can infest properties by the thousands and the only way to knock them down is to apply massive quantities of chemical. Generally this is not a place where pets should be staying following the treatments. Additionally, eating the grasshoppers that have been sprayed would present a hazard to the dog and should be avoided when using the products listed in our the article above.

An alternative choice would be to use one of the organic options listing on this site. There are two which could be used and both will work. INSECTICIDAL SOAP would be the safest route. It works fast and will kill the grasshoppers you spray. But it’s gone in a day which means there is no residual following the application. The good news about this is that your dog could be brought back into the treated area as early as the day after you spray. Additionally, if he ate any of the dead grasshoppers, he wouldn’t be at any risk. The bad news is you might have to spray every few days till they are gone since the Soap doesn’t provide any residual. Additionally, you will have to use a HOSE END SPRAYER to get good coverage over all your yard.

Another option would be the organic GRUB KILLER RTS. This material is a little stronger. It will last a week following your application so this means the dog shouldn’t come into the area for this long following the treatment. If you are able to keep the dog away for this long of period, the Grub Killer would be a better option since it will last longer for sure.

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I’ve got some caterpillars in my garden that are chewing away at everything. First I thought they were tomato caterpillars but now I dont’ know what they are. Do you have some kind of non toxic spray or dust I can use that won’t hurt my plants?

We have several non toxic concentrates that can handle caterpillars and other other pests quite well. These are labeled for use on organic gardens and won’t hurt the plants, fruits or vegetables you harvest.

If you prefer a dust, go with the BT GARDEN DUST. This product is simply sprinkled over the plants and as the caterpillars eat the treated leaves, they’ll ingest the bacteria and die.

If you prefer to spray, go with the MULTI PURPOSE GARDEN CONCENTRATE or the ORGANIC  3 IN 1 SPRAY. The Multi Purpose is our strongest organic option and will handle most any insect. The 3 in 1 combines an insecticide, fungicide and miticide all in one so you get complete coverage of all the common ailments most gardens experience. It’s kind of a “one shot treatment” that can make gardening – especially organic gardening – a lot easier.

Lastly, we also have a non organic option that will last longer and be the most effective overall. VEGETABLES PLUS uses permethrin as the active and is highly effective on caterpillars. Treatments can last 1-2 weeks so you won’t have to apply it nearly as much as the organic options.

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I’m looking for a non toxic mosquito spray I can use around my organic garden. I don’t want to spray the garden directly but my ground cover and even the grass seems to be harboring a lot of mosquitoes. Is there anything I can spray there that’s non-toxic?

Mosquitoes will readily thrive in ground cover, grass and gardens where it is either shady, moist or both. If you aren’t treating the garden with one of the Organic Sprays we have featured on NON TOXIC PEST CONTROL, we recommend that you reconsider. All it takes is one little “pocket” of mosquitoes to make a large area infested as explained in our MOSQUITO CONTROL article.

For the grass and ground cover, spraying some MOSQUITO KILLER RTS should work fine. It’s Organic and won’t pose a hazard to people or pets. Treatments should last a week or more and it can be applied as often as is needed. In the home, the ORGANIC FLYING INSECT KILLER can be used to get any that find their way inside.

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My garden has been getting whiteflys every year for the past two seasons and I’d like to start spraying something. I’ve been reluctant to use anything because I’m organic. Do you have anything available that will be safe to use? I know you have some awesome bugspray for ants because I got it and haven’t had a problem since. But anything that strong can’t be safe to use in my garden so I’m hoping you have an alternative remedy.

We now have many organic whitefly sprays great for use in organic gardens. The most common choices for whiteflys include our 3 IN 1 FIM and the MULTI PURPOSE INSECT KILLER. The 3 in 1 is a popular choice because it has an insecticide, fungicide and miticide so you can take care of many problems with just one spray. The Multi Purpose Insect Killer is one of the stronger products we now have so it’s a good choice when dealing with something stubborn like whitelflys. We have other organic sprays for most all applications around the home and they can all be seen in our ORGANIC CONCENTRATE PRODUCT PAGE.

Here are direct links to the information and products mentioned above:

3 in 1:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates/3-in-1-fim-32-oz

Multi Purpose Insect Killer: https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates/multi-purpose-insect-killer-24-oz

Organic Products:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates

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What does “It does have a 7-14 days to harvest” mean relative to applying this product to my vegetable garden?

The days to harvest is the time you should wait following the treatment of a fruit, vegetables or other edible plants or crops before you harvest any part that was treated. So if you treated a tomato plant and the product used has a “7 days to harvest” listed on the label, you would need to wait at least 7 days after the treatment to insure the product applied has dissipated or broken down enough so that the plant can be safely eaten. Many products like Permethrin found in VEGETABLES PLUS will have a range of 7-14 days to harvest listed.

Organic products don’t last as long and consequently will have days to harvest that range from 0-1 days. This is why they are so safe to use. In fact, 3 IN 1 CONCENTRATE has just a 1 day to harvest listing. That means if you spray on a Friday, you can harvest on Saturday. This is good when you are wanting to harvest your crop shortly after treating it but bad if you need long term control and want a spray that will last. This also means you should expect to treat more frequently, maybe once every 1-2 weeks, when using one of our Organic Sprays. But they do work well and are strongly recommended for anyone with a vegetable garden that wants to control some nuisance pests. The 3 in 1 will handle insects, fungus and mites. But we also have others like the MULTI PURPOSE INSECT KILLER which is just for insects.

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We have ordered this product from you and are excited to try it against chiggers. I am pleased about how safe it is to use, which makes me ask, “how does it kill the chigger?” Thanks in advance.

ECO products work on insects using a unique mode of action which has no effect on mammals. Here is the “short” explanation…

ECO products like their ECO LAWN GRANULES use plant oils for their active ingredient. This active contains compounds that are similar to octopamine. Octopamine is kind of like adrenaline controlling insect functions like metabolism, movement and heart rate. Since mammals, bird and fish do not have octopamine receptors, ECO has no impact anything other than insects.

When insects come in contact with the octopamine, it effectively clogs and blocks their neurorecptor sites which in turn causes them to die. The end result is a reduction in the local insect population without any impact to the other surrounding life.

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My tomatoes get hornworms every year. Do you have a non toxic spray I can use on them to help hold off this pest? My garden has a lot of vegetables and I try to keep it as organic as possible. But the bugs are never ending and I hate letting them get to eat everything I grow before me.

Non toxic tomato hornworm control can be accomplished with several organic solutions we have available. The easiest to use is the BT ORGANIC GARDEN DUST. This product uses bacillus thuringiensis as the active and is simply sprinkled out over the plant right from the jar. No mixing is needed and you will have to apply it as needed. Expect to do treatments 1-2 a week.

If you want a non toxic spray, our MULTI PURPOSE ORGANIC TOMATO HORNWORM KILLER is a concentrate you’ll apply with a good PUMP SPRAYER. It will prove to work faster and last longer and can be used for most any commonly found garden pest.

If you find the organic non toxic sprays aren’t strong enough for your tomato hornworm problem, you might consider VEGETABLES PLUS PERMETHRIN which is labeled for use on vegetables and other plants. It will last 7-14 days after being applied and would be the strongest option available.

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I have slugs eating all my lettuce plants. I can’t tell where they’re coming from but I see them at night when I go outside. I’m just getting tired of picking them off the plants. What do you recommend? I’d like something non toxic I can spray around the plants to repel them.

There are a few non toxic slug control products that work pretty well. The old standby is DIATOMACEOUS EARTH. Just sprinkle it around the plants you want to protect and the slugs won’t cross over the band. This will slow them up but it won’t last that long because moisture will make the dust useless. One good rain and it will wash away so if there is a good amount of water from rain or irrigation, consider one of the following options for better long term control.

The first is a bait. For use around gardens, SLUGGO SLUG BAIT is the best organic gardening approved bait that works. It’s both safe and effective for slugs and snails. Broadcast this in a large area around the garden so as foraging slugs come around they’ll find it before the lettuce. Distributing the bait over a large area will yield better results compared to making small specific applications so try to treat as much as possible. Slugs tend to travel in a straight line so if the bait is even just an inch or two away from their trail they may not venture away from where they were headed. Be sure to get it evenly distributed over a large area for best results.

Another good option is PEST RID SPRAY and PEST RID GRANULES. In place of the bait, you could opt to sprinkle the Pest Rid Granules and then spray over the top with the Pest Rid Spray. Mind you these are only repellents but they work great on slugs lasting weeks or longer. And though rain will break it down, it stands up well to getting wet by design and can withstand several passing rain systems before it needs to be reapplied.

Lastly, SLUG TRAPS are very effective at catching some and thinning down the population. Set these out in the garden beds and traveling slugs will find their way inside, get trapped and effectively be eliminated.

Here are direct links to the products listed above:

DE Dust:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/dust/concern-diatomaceous-earth

Sluggo Bait:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/bait/sluggo

Pest Rid Spray:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/repellents/pest-rid-exempt-insect-animal-repellent

Pest Rid Granules:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/granules/pest-rid-repellent-granules

Slug Traps:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/slug-traps

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I’d like to know if you have any organic gardening sprays available. I have  small organic garden that has some bugs so I have to be careful of what I use to spray on my plants. I’ve heard about organic gardening certified products but can’t tell if what my local hardware store is good or not. How do you tell the difference?

There is some confusion over just what products are approved for organic gardening and what is being sold. The way to tell is simple.

Organic gardening approved products will bear the organic gardening logo somewhere on their label or accompaning literature. Just recently this logo has been adopted as the sure and safe way to tell what has been sanctioned or certified by NOP (National Organic Program) as organic gardening safe. This is important if you are an organic grower. Try to use these products because only these will surely be Ok for your garden and actually fulfill the claims they make on their label. Over the past few years there has been a lot of products that have come to market which are fakes or phonies and you must be careful of what you get. Just because something is homemade or natural do not think it’s organic!! There are many toxic compounds out there being represented this way so for now, the best guideline is the organic gardening logo. If something bears this stamp of approval, you can use it safely in your organic herb or vegetable garden. Another great source for this information is our NON TOXIC PEST CONTROL site which features nothing but organic and exempt pest control products so this is a great place to start your search too. All of the products listed on Non Toxic are organic gardening approved and make great organic gardening sprays.

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Do you have some kind of nontoxic bug killer I can use in my house safely? I don’t want to be spraying anything really toxic around my kids and would prefer something organic. Mostly I have beetles and roaches around the windows and doors from time to time. Also we get some gnats inside but I don’t want to be spraying there much if I don’t have to. Do you have anything that can help?

We have a few products that are certified for organic gardening which are effective for a wide range of insects. MULTI PURPOSE INSECT KILLER is a good one. It can be applied with any good PUMP SPRAYER and should be applied once a month or as needed. You can also use this inside the home if needed but a better product for in the house would be the FLYING INSECT KILLER AEROSOL. It’s nontoxic and works on any flying pest quickly.

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I’m just curious what you’d recommend that’s non toxic for spraying my strawberries. I have seen some damage I’m thinking is from an insect feeding on them and I don’t want anything too strong. Do you carry anything organic?

We have several organic insecticides that are safe to use on your garden fruits and vegetables. These products have to be a little toxic as explained on our NON TOXIC PEST CONTROL page but the organic line we feature is about as safe as it gets. Certified by NOP they all bear the organic gardening logo so for now, they’re as good as it gets.

For strawberries, there are two good products that qualify as organic. BT GARDEN DUST uses a type of bacteria thats harmless to people but deadly to insects. Simply sprinkle it on the plant leaves and when they feed they’ll die by ingesting a lethal dose. BT Dust is commonly in organic gardening and comes in a ready to use applicator.

If you prefer to spray, the MULTI PURPOSE INSECT KILLER is a great option. It’s a concentrate which is mixed with water and applied with a PUMP SPRAYER. It works on many insects and is good for organic gardens.

BT Dust:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/dust/bt-garden-dust

Organic Insect Killer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/liquid/multi-purpose-insect-killer-24-oz

Pump Sprayer:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/equipment/pump-sprayer

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I want to do some spraying around my house but would prefer to use something that’s safe and non toxic. I have several cats and a little dog and my concern is for their welfare. I keep hearing about non toxic sprays but I can’t find anything to use that seems like it might actually work. What can you recommend?

As explained on our web site NON TOXIC PEST CONTROL article, the words “non toxic” and ‘insect control” don’t really go together since something must be toxic to at least the target insect if it’s to provide any level of control. The word that’s acceptable to use would organic. Organic products can obtain the same end result (in this case a dead insect) but they tend to not last as long. This means the inherent risk or danger is much less compared to traditional pesticides. The “pros” of using something organic is that most actives are less persistent in the environment so the risk of over applying them or contaminating something is less. And because of this feature, many organic products are ideally suited for use on food crops because they dissipate so quickly. The “cons” of using something organic is that most situations will require repeated treatments since the active is not long lasting. In other words, the short length of residual action means you should expect to be applying more sooner compared to using the traditional products.

Currently there are a lot of products which are both organic and effective. We have narrowed the field and list several that can be used effectively for spider control. First, you should review our online SPIDER CONTROL ARTICLE which has all kinds of details about how to treat for spiders. It also features many “traditional” products that can be used safely in and around the home. When used according to their respective labels, these products can be safely applied in and around the home. Be sure to review the safety video’s which cover this in great detail.

If you’d like to “go organic”, there are plenty of replacement products one can use in place of what we have listed in our article. For example, the ECO IC EXEMPT can be sprayed in place of the concentrated listed in the article. The ECO GRANULES would be the replacement for the Bifen Granules and the ECO KO AEROSOL in place of the Baygon. In our experience, these new products have performed well and really the only trade off is that you might find yourself using them a little more frequently compared to the traditional actives.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Outside Spider Control:  http://www.brownrecluse.com/brown-recluse-spider-control/spiders-outside

ECO IC:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates/eco-exempt-ic-concentrate

ECO Granules:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/granules/eco-exempt-granules

ECO KO Aerosol:  https://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/aerosols/eco-exempt-ko-contact-aerosol-14-oz

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I have some bugs getting inside my home but don’t want to spray anything toxic. What non toxic alternative products can you recommend that will be safe around my kids?

At this time there are several less toxic products that can be used to help control most any bug. Remember, something must be at least a little “toxic” if it’s to kill an insect. These newer compounds are derived from plant and food stuff so they are essentially exempt from federal regulation because they are so safe to use.

For starters, I recommend the ECO IC 2 concentrate. This product works on a wide range of insects and can be applied with a good PUMP SPRAYER around the house. If you don’t want to spray inside, that’s Ok. Just do a good perimeter treatment to the foundation and you should be able to keep most all insects out by creating an effective barrier over which they will not be able to cross.

I also recommend applying some ECO GRANULES to the turf surrounding the yard as well. Try to treat at least a 10 foot band of soil. This should help keep anything from nesting in the area which in turn should prevent anything from entering the home.

If you see something inside the home, treat with ECO AEROSOL to start. This product will work for most any insect and is safe to use around kids and pets. All these products can be seen on our NON TOXIC PEST CONTROL site.

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Hey guys,
I have a question…with people and pets coming and going in and out of the house, I’m sure some sort of tiny insects are in the carpets.  Is there anything like a powder that can be sprinkled to kill them and vacuum them up?  Something that isn’t harmful for pets?

There could be insects coming in with visiting pets and people. In fact, this is a common path or route of entry during the warm months of the year. Treating the inside with liquids would be an extreme application better left to when it’s most needed. A more subtle, safe treatment would be to apply some MOTHERS EARTH DUST to the carpeted areas. This product is labeled for such use and after being applied, can be broomed down to the nap of the carpet where it can remain working on insects by drying them out. Using Diatomaceous Earth as the active, this product is safe for pets and people to be around once applied and broomed in. You can vacuum after letting it sit a day or so and if you do this every 1-2 months, you should be able to stop fleas and most any pest that might wander in with visitors.

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