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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 ?

    Thank You

    Enjoy Your Day, Take time to play...


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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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookie View Post
    What is a Flycatcher bird?
    http://www.pbase.com/silverbowff/flycatchers

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    I think I got one of those yellow ones, I didn't realize they were called that, they are beautiful! Do you do the Audubon bird count? I hope you can do it in Canada.

    http://www.audubon.org/

    http://birds.audubon.org/great-backyard-bird-count

    I got a bald eagle which is in my vicinity, I see him hovering above, I know where his huge nest is at, but I won't tell anyone so no one bugs him. I found it by accident. He is gorgeous. It is odd to be in my area. I actually, pull my car over and park when I see him, just to watch him.
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    Hello all,

    Talk about a Deer Chilling out. Cookie that is a great picture.

    Yes the beer is for slugs. But I don't use beer for cooking or the slugs. I guess I am stingy, I drink it all. lol.

    I am using sevin , but I do not like the idea that it kills my bees.

    I have a million or so in my bee hives, and they pollinate Miles around me.

    Some country's do not have bees and they have to pollinate everything by hand.

    I like the bees to do their work, I do not want to kill them.

    Have a Great day.

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    That is a great picture, isn't it. That is the day I walked out and he was just born over the course of the night. He's really great. He is 5 years old now and he still knows me, I think, by smell. He walks right up to me, and I don't do anything until, he sniffs me. Then, I know he knows it is me, and it is like a reunion every time. He rubs his head on my legs and I rub his head. He lays under the trees while I run the lawn mower. My neighbor, Meatball Mike, was looking over once, and he yelled over, " is that a buck laying there?" I told him it was a statue. He has been talking about getting his cataracks removed, if he does, I am in big trouble.

    Our garden is always organic. No sprays, no chemicals, nothing. I did find a big rabbit sitting it in once, but, other than that, we usually had no trouble with bugs. We did have a mole once, which I named Loy. How funny, but he would come out and sit by the walk outfront. Never hid from me. I picked him up and moved him to my neighbor's once. lol. They don't garden or even, run the mower. What a wonderful place for Loy to live.

    I like bees. I guess you could had figured that out by now, eh. I made friends once with a bee. It was the kind with the furry heads. I saw him one day, always walking back & forth by the lavender outfront. He never bothered anything or anyone. He just walked. He would walk and I would pet his head. I showed my husband and it became a routine thing to check out the "walking bee." We liked him, and he was a friendly.

    Then, my son came home and while we were eating dinner announced that there was a bee outside just walking about. Before we could say anything, he said, " I stepped on him, so he wouldn't sting you mom."

    Well, we told our son, with tears in our eyes, and we actually, saw tears in his. He said, " I am so sorry mom, you should had told me." Well, it was a sad day. We lost our Walking Bee.

    That is a true story. I have no life, lol.

    We need bees to keep things thriving & growing. They are dwindling in numbers.

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    Jerry Baker is a nationally known gardener. He used to do those specials for PBS pledge drives years ago. He has written a number of gardening books, and one of his favorite hints is to put the cheapest dish soap you can find into a hose-end sprayer, then every other week or so go through your yard and spray everything that's green. Lawn, trees, flowers, tomato plants, whatever. Soap is a natural insecticide, and he also says it helps clay soils drain better.

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    Hello all,

    So Steve i guess it would be OK to use the blue Dawn dish washing Liquid ?

    Sorry Cookie about your "walking bee." getting the boot. That must have been nice, when it was alive.

    Sometime I wonder if some of the creatures that visit, are someone we knew in a previous life.
    Do you believe in reincarnation ?

    Thanks for the input, I guess dawn and the soft water may do the trick for me.
    I know it is said that the water softener adds salt to the water, But if it backwashes
    correctly, I would think the sodium content would be very low. I never taste any salt in my water.

    Have a Great Day, And take time to Play.

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    The salt content might be low enough in your water, which is fine for gardening BUT, anyone who has high blood pressure should reconsider, okay, just not drink it. Even a small amount, a negotiable amount can and could be harmful. I know you didn't say if you did or not, so, this is just an unasked for, maybe, unwanted, piece of advice.

    My bee. Yes, he was great. Was he a rellie from somewhere? Nope. I know this because if he was he would had stung me over and over, I got and had mean relatives. A good friend, knows them, and always wants to know how I got born into this family. Mistake. It was a mistake from the higher up. I am the outcast because I am nice. I am the whitesheep. I am a total disgrace to them all. I sicken them with my smile. Since, I am like my dad, alot, I smile at them, send them a get well card, a Xmas card, have a happy day card, just to make them "healthier." Do I believe in reincarnation? Does this mean "they" will come back like some horror movie?

    *do you got stink bugs? If you look at them closely, under a magnifying glass, their backs plus, stomachs are like a beautiful Asian rug. If I had one stronger, it would probably have some color. Really nice markings.

    I was told, if you want to get rid of them to put out a dish of water& dishsoap. When they first appeared I was trying to get rid of them by any means, now, I kind of gotten to like them. I still put them outside, but, I try not to kill them. They are pretty unique looking, alittle bit prehistoric like a dino. Check one out. I have a picture, not a good one, I will post. You can vaguely see his markings. Not anything like if you look directly at him by the aid of a scope.

    This was taken with a cell phone. my brother & I was playing with them.

    Now check out his shape, rather unique don't you think? He was VERY cooperative.
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