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Definition of insecticidal soap

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Definition as written by Terry:

An organic mixture that is effective in destroying soft-bodied insects such as:
aphids
mealybugs
spider mites
thrips
soft brown scale

psyllids
rose or pear slugs - sawfly larvae
earwigs
lace bugs
whiteflies

It works by breaking down the coating that helps the adult or young insect retain moisture in its body. Once this coating is disrupted, the insect dehydrates and dies. Many commercial mixtures are readily available - a common brand name is "Safer"

Definition as written by Terry:

A homemade insecticidal soap can be made from adding a tablespoon or two of dishwashing detergent to a gallon of water. A few drops of cooking oil can be added as well, which will help the mixture cling better.

Definition as written by paulgrow:

Heres another recipe for an insecticidal soap


1 Tablespoon Murphys oil soap
3 Tablespoons Cayenne pepper (Tabasco may also be used)
1 Quart warm water
Mix all together well and spray on plants.
This also helps repel insects.


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