Glossary

Type a term:

Pesticides

Insects in the Garden:

  • In hardware stores, look for brands of safer insecticides that use soap-and-water solution to get rid of aphids, or pyrethrum for a number of different pests.
  • There are several naturally derived pesticides, which are, in some cases, less toxic to humans than more widely used organophosphates, carbamates, or organcochlorides.
  • Rotenone: moderately toxic to humans and kills a wide variety of insects. Never use near a waterway, as it is very toxic to fish.
  • Ryania: only kills certain pests (such as the European corn borer, codling moth, and cranberry fruit worm)
  • Pyrethrum: relatively nontoxic for humans and only slightly toxic to aquatic life, so it may be the best choice for home gardens.
  • Sabadilla: controls lice, leafhoppers, squash bugs, striped cucumber beetles, and cinch bugs. Although it has an overall low toxicity to wildlife, it may be toxic to bees.

Weeds in the Lawn:

  • Pull out weeds by hand.
  • Kill weeds without toxic herbicides. Some methods include dousing with boiling water or spraying with soapy water, vinegar, or alcohol.