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by Tom Coddington
on February 3, 2018 at 9:29 AM
I want to avoid any dormant tree sprays with Neonicotinoids in them.  
Labels don't tell me everything. How can I avoid those Neonicotinoids?  
Do you recommend one? When the label states "other ingredients __%  
then how do I know that they are safe?  
Thank you,  
by Ben Bramlett
on May 8, 2018 at 3:35 PM
Hi Tom,  
The label will tell you specifically if it contains any Neonicotinoids or other chemicals. "other ingredients" refer to inert ingredients that act as solvents or prolong shelf -life. These are not active against the pest and you should not have to worry about their safety. Any insecticide combined with the oil will have to be listed under "active ingredients". Look for things such acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam in the active ingredients section, these are common neonic insecticides. Hope this helps!
by Sophie
on August 3, 2018 at 3:25 AM
I just wonder can I use oil spray on my pepper plants even if they have no aphids yet. I need to move them indoor before Winter arrives. Would it be able to kill all the aphids in their egg stage?
by Chris
on July 12, 2019 at 4:43 PM
Will spraying an oil on the ground harm ground bee eggs?
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