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    Question Using Dish Soap for Bugs

    Hello All,

    And Thanks again Terry Love for the great Forums. You are the Best.

    I remember when Ivory dish soap was a good safe bug repellent and I used it.

    But now I see that they have changed their formulation.

    Can the new stuff still be used safely ?

    What dish soap is safe for plants ? And what is the water/soap mix amount.


    Thanks for any input that you may have.

    Have a great day.

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    I've used Sunlight dish soap with good results but I would never consider it a repellent. It is a contact killer.

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    Thank You LLigetfa,

    What ratio of water to soap do you mix.

    I want the bugs dead but not the plants.

    How about the bees, Will it kill them ?

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    I am not kidding, I heard you put a dish of beer in the garden, I can't remember what it is for though,

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    Eh Cookie, what kind of bird is that? We usually get Flycatchers up in the rafters.

    The beer in the garden is supposed to be for the slugs. Copper flashing around the perimeter works well. Purportedly the copper reacts with their slime and produces electricity. My mother always used ashes to deter slugs. Supposedly it works as a dessicant like diatomaceous earth does. Diatomaceous earth works on bees too.

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    Yes, that is what it is for, slugs!

    That is a blue jay. She actually used most of those openings to keep making nests, I couldn't understand why she was doing that but it was interesting to watch. Finally, she picked one and had one baby. Now, I got robins scoping it out.

    What is a Flycatcher bird?

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    Dunno the exact ratio... I just squirt some into my sprayer full of soft water. Prolly around a tablespoon to the gallon. It kills all insects on contact including bees. The soap bubbles film over their pores and they suffocate. Since it's not a repellent, you can rinse off the plants afterwards with plain water.

    About once a decade, we get overrun by the Eastern Forest Tent Caterpillar. Truly biblical proportions... covering the ground and roads like a moving carpet. They have to bring out the sand trucks cuz the highways get slick as black ice. We were washing them off the side of the house with Sunlight soap in a dispenser on the end of the garden hose. Carted the corpses away by the wheelbarrow loads.

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    You may not want to kill the bees.

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