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Re: Re: CULT: Sytemic insecticides and pollinators

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CULT: Sytemic insecticides and pollinators
  • From: Carol Canfield <Carolcc5@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 00:02:40 -0700 (PDT)

Yes, I remember the 'flit'!   ; )

Nicotine sulphate was an excellent garden poison as
anyone who reads a very old garden guide will find
out.  It was recommended to me by a rosarian a few
years back when I expressed a desire to not use
polluting and dangerous organophosphates.  Of course
it is toxic to people and can kill but has a low
residual effect and if used and stored with care, ie.
locked-up, it is a good idea.  Wonder if the feds
banned it because you could poison people with it or
is there some other reason I don't know about? 
Perhaps I've put my keyboard in my mouth, too?

Carol, Spicewood, TX  (Austin area)
--- alhbee@aol.com wrote:
> --- In iris-talk@y..., cathycampi@a... wrote:
> > In a message dated 8/15/01 4:32:42 PM Pacific
> Daylight Time, 
> > melrossmt@y... writes:
> > 
> > 
> > My mother in law used a cigarette "soup" for her
> > garden and flowers. You take some cigs and break
> them
> > apart and pour water over the tobacco. Let this
> sit(it
> > will change color)and then she watered the plants
> w/
> > it. She said it never hurt the butterflies but
> kept
> > "chompy" bugs away. She would just do it about
> twice a
> > summer, I think.
> > Mel 
> Cigarette soup has been around for a long time.
> There was an bug 
> killer call Black Leaf 40 which was a nicotine based
> poison and 
> banned by EPA. Merit, which I use is a nicotine
> based poison which 
> acts in the same manner as Black Leaf 40 or
> cigarette soup but is not 
> highly toxic to animals. It is an systemic
> insecticide. Memory tells 
> me it is a nicotine sulphate, but the Merit is in
> the garden shed, 
> it's raining and I'm 100% sugar. Next question-- how
> many of you 
> remember "Quick Elmer the Flit". If you do a wink is
> sufficient, no 
> ages necessary. ;)
> Al Bullock Z7 No. Va.

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