Safer® Brand Caterpillar Killer w/B.t. Garden Dust - Specs
- Kills armyworm, diamondback moth, green cloverworm, hornworm, imported cabbageworm, looper, melonworm, pickleworm, mimosa webworm, salt marsh caterpillar, tomato fruit worm, corn earworm, bollworm, tobacco budworm, grape leaffolder/leafroller, grapeleaf skeletonizer, salt marsh caterpillar, omnivorous leaf roller, ello moth, io moth, oleander moth.
What's in the Box:
- 1 Bottle
- 8oz dust
- Contains bacillus thuringiensis (.4365%)
- Covers up to 200 sq ft
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Review RateWorks wellI tried planting broccoli and brussel sprouts for the first time, and they were being killed by cabbage worms. I researched solutions online and came across Garden Dust on multiple websites. I've used it for about a week and it didn't kill all of the worms right away, but they seem to have all finally died off. The squirt bottle was very hard to use, so I instead dumped the powder into a Tupperware bowl and used a paintbrush to spread it on the vegetables.
Review RateSolved My ProblemMy cabbage and collard greens were doing very well and along came some butterflies who decided to have all of their meals in my garden. About the same time, Safer sent out an article stating that there was a severe problem with insects eating cabbage. I purchased the Safer Brand Garden Dust and it has worked extremely well. Rarely, have I dealt with a company which sends out articles concerning pests and diseases. Usually, it is just an advertisement to purchase additionally products. Thanks for keeping the buyer aware of garden pests and for being organic.
Review RateGarden dust with B.T works!I have used this product for years, it's safe to use and is highly effective. First time I used the dust, the liquid concentrate is easier to apply, dust did not come out evenly. I did get coverage and have to more chewed up leave!
Review RateBt dustThe Bt dust could finer holes so it spreads better when dusting.
Review RateLove the BT GARDEN DUST!!I buy his every year. Easy to apply, safe and takes care of the bad critters!Response From Perky-Pet®Lauren : Consumer Relations RepresentativeCaterpillars and worms can wreak havoc on a garden in a short period of time. We
Review Rate- Review Posted on HomeDepot.comThis product is excellent in getting rid of hornworms (tomato worms). They were killing our vines even though we were hand picking the worms daily. Garden Dust got rid of the hornworms yet didn't affect any of the beneficial insects. Great product, though it is a little messy in the application.
Review RateReview Posted on HomeDepot.comI've had to use it three times in 10 days - it does the job though
Review RateReview Posted on HomeDepot.comIn an earlier review, I described our successful use of this product to save brussels sprout plants from being ravaged by cabbage moth larvae. These little stinkers infect all cruciferous vegetables. Years ago i stopped trying to grow broccoli and cauliflower because of them. Now, thanks to this Safer product containing an effective strain of bacillus thuringiensis, I am looking forward to growing both next Spring.Since my last review I have learned with the brussels sprout plants, which have become gigantic, that you can use the Safer dust sparingly. The plants grow principally at the tender end of their stalk. That is favored by the cabbage worms, so it is the only part of the plant that you need dust. Dust at dusk (Bt is killed by sunlight) when you start seeing worm damage at the tender young leaves. Before sunup the little stinkers will be on death's door. The cabbage moths will lay more eggs, but it typically takes a couple weeks before you start seeing damage at the tender end leaves and have to redust.
Review RateReview Posted on HomeDepot.comThis stuff works 100%. It killed all of the hornworms on my tomato plants
Review RateReview Posted on Amazon.comThe dust really worked to stop the tomato worms from eating my pepper and tomato plants - once I figured how to use it.A simple hold-it-flat-to-puff would have been helpful.
- All About
All About Caterpillars in Your Garden
By learning about the many caterpillars that inhabit your vegetable & fruit gardens, you will find effective methods of controlling them so you can have a healthy harvest without adding toxins to our environment.
- Control Options
Control Options for Caterpillars in Your Garden
B.t. and pyrethrins can be used to help control tomato hornworms, cabbage loopers and cabbageworms. B.t. (Bacillus thuringiensis) eliminates your garden or field of tomato hornworms and other leaf eating caterpillars.
Insecticides containing pyrethrins can also be an effective method of controlling these caterpillars.
B.t. kills hornworm larvae, cabbage loopers and cabbageworms thereby preventing further damage. When the worm ingests the B.t., it works as a gut rot poison that makes the worm stop feeding. The tomato hornworm, cabbage looper or cabbageworm will die within days of malnutrition.
B.t. usually comes in a dust or concentrate and kills a variety of caterpillars and worms.
Pyrethrins paralyze the insects which results in their death.
Safer® Brand offers a variety of control products for tomato hornworms, cabbage loopers and cabbageworms to help control and eliminate these garden pests and revive your plants. Please check out our tomato hornworm, cabbage looper and cabbageworm control products for more details about how they work and how, when, and where they should be applied.
It is recommended with any pesticide to test plants for sensitivity to the product. Spray a small section of the plant in an inconspicuous area and wait 24 hours before full coverage.
B.t. is generally applied when it is a cooler time of day, preferably later in the afternoon or early in the evening since the product breaks down in sunlight and heat. Carefully read and follow all directions on the product's label.
When applying pyrethrins to infected plants, carefully read and follow all directions on the product labeling for safe and effective application. Do not spray plants in the peak of the day or when temperatures exceed 90°F.
The parasitic wasp and green lacewings are two beneficial insects that help to control tomato hornworm problems. They can be attracted naturally to your cornfield or garden area where your corn is planted, and there are some companies that grow these insects and sell them to consumers.
Predators of the cabbage looper include lady beetles, spiders, pirate bugs, wasps, birds and small mammals.
A natural control method would be to entice parasitic wasps to your garden so these beneficial pests can help control the cabbageworm.
The parasitic wasp lays its eggs inside the tomato hornworm's egg. These have shown success rates of over 50% and higher. Upon hatching, the green lacewing larvae will eat the larvae of the tomato hornworm.
The predators and parasites of cabbage loopers attack both larvae and eggs, killing them for food as well as paralyzing them and depositing eggs in the larva or egg. When the parasitic egg has hatched, it will feed on the cabbage looper larva or egg.
The parasitic wasp lays its eggs inside the cabbageworm's egg. You can attract parasitic wasps by planting nectar and pollen producing plants in the garden or near crops.
If trying to attract these natural predators doesn't work, they can also be purchased from companies who raise them.
Plant pollen or nectar producing flora as soon as possible according to the temperature of your area. Most local greenhouses and garden centers can help you determine the right planting time.
Contact a company that raises beneficial insects to find out when they should be purchased and released for maximum hornworm control.
Removing crop remnants, tilling the soil, and handpicking larvae are all methods that will help control these caterpillars. Using covers on rows of plantings of the cabbage family will not only help to keep out the cabbageworm but will also keep out the cabbage looper and other pests.
Handpick then destroy the caterpillars when you find them. Remember not to disturb any caterpillars having white cocoons on their bodies. These are the pupae of the parasitic wasp. Place covers on rows of plantings according to the accompanying instructions or seek direction from your local home and garden center.
As soon as you find any of these caterpillars, just pick them off the foliage and destroy them, again taking care not to remove those with white cocoons on their backs. Use covers on rows of plantings of the cabbage family before pests appear.
Expert Tips for a Beautiful Garden!
Gardening can be a very rewarding and healthy undertaking. By using products and methods that comply with organic gardening standards, plants grow better, insect pests can be controlled, plant diseases can be eliminated, and lush harvests can be enjoyed!
Tips for Using Safer® Brand Caterpillar Killer with B.t., Garden Dust
Directions for use:
It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
Note: This product must not be applied within 300 feet of any habitats of endangered or threatened Lepidoptera (i.e. moths or butterflies.)
Apply Safer® Brand Garden Dust when pests are first noticed and repeat every 7 to 10 days as necessary. Caterpillar egg hatch can occur over an extended time period. Monitor treated areas for the presence of newly hatched pests and retreat if necessary. Thorough leaf coverage is necessary for effective control. After ingesting a treated portion of the leaf, caterpillars stop feeding within a few hours. Death occurs in a few days.
Apply to foliage of listed crops at a rate of 2 to 3 ounces per 50 feet of row plantings.
Use on these crops:
- Sweet Potato
- Turnip Greens
- Chinese Cabbage
- Collard Lettuce
- Brussels Sprouts
- Sweet Corn
To control these insects:
- Tomato Fruitworm
- Diamondback Moth
- Corn Earworm
- Green Cloverworm
- Mimosa Webworm
- Tobacco Budworm
- Imported Cabbageworm
- Salt Marsh Caterpillar
Use on these fruits:
- Grapes Currants
To control these insects:
- Grape Leaffolder/Leafroller Loopers
- Grapeleaf Skeletonizer
- Salt Marsh Caterpillar
Use on Lawns to Control this Insect:
- Sod Webworm
Use on Flowers and Ornamentals to Control these Insects:
- Tobacco Budworm
- Omnivorous Loopers
- Omnivorous Leaf Roller
- Diamondback Moth
- Ello Moth (Hornworm)
- Io Moth
- Oleander Moth
Storage & Disposal:
Do not contaminate water, food or feed by storage and disposal.
Storage: Store in a cool dry area away from heat or open flame and inaccessible to children and animals.
If empty: Do not reuse this container. Place in the trash or offer for recycling if available.
If partly filled: Call your local solid waste agency for disposal instructions. Never place unused product down any indoor or outdoor drain.
FAQs About Insects in Your Tomato Garden
Q: My plant leaves look chewed! Do you know what type of insect might do that?
A: Insects that have the ability to chew plants must have special cutters in their mouths for this purpose. Such insects may include caterpillars, beetles, and grasshoppers, for example.
Q: If I use a floating row cover, how will bees and other pollinating insects reach the plants?
A: They won’t be able to so you will need to pollinate them yourself by hand. Check with your local garden center or farm supply store to find out how to hand pollinate them. You may want to remove the row covers during times of insect pollination.
Q: How do I know if my plant is being attacked by an insect or a disease?
A:If it’s an insect, the plant may have holes in its leaves. Turn the leaves over and you may see the insects themselves clustered on the underside of the leaves. You may also see and feel a sticky substance if it’s an insect because the insect will leave a secretion on the plant.
Q: I have really big larvae in my garden, and my neighbor says they are Tomato Hornworms. They are attacking my tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. How do I get rid of them?
A: B.t. (Bacillus Thuringiensis) is an excellent way to get rid of them without harming beneficial bugs. It actually works on most caterpillars. When the worm ingests theB.t., it works as a gut rot poison that makes the worm stop feeding. The tomato hornworm will stop feeding immediately and die within days.