Use Monterey Garden Insect Spray on outdoor ornamentals, lawns, vegetables and fruit trees and on fire ant mounds. Monterey Garden Insect Spray contains Spinosad, derived through fermentation of a natural soil bacterium called Saccharopolyspora spinosa, a rare actinomycete reportedly collected from soil in an abandoned rum distillery on a Caribbean Island in 1982 by a scientist on vacation. (Ooooo, pinch me. Can I go next time?)
Spinosad controls caterpillars, thrips, codling moth, leafminers, borers, fruit flies, fire ants, and more! Spinosad works on the insect’s nervous system, causing paralysis and then death in 1-2 days. Since the insects are paralyzed, they may stay on the plants and be mistaken for live insects; always check for Spinosad’s effect 2-3 days after spraying to evaluate control in the insect population.
OMRI listed, Monterey Garden Insect Spray is safe to use with the following beneficials: minute pirate bug, ladybird beetles (lady bugs), green lacewing, and mite predators. However, it is toxic to bees; for this reason, applications should be made in the late evening and on plants that are not blooming, pollen-shedding, or nectar-producing. This is good practice for any insect treatment. Pollination is the hardest time to treat any plant because you don't want to harm or deter pollinationg insects. The active ingredient in Monterey Garden Insect Spray, Spinosad, is very effective, and when used alternately with a Bt-based insecticide, helps prevent the creation of resistant insect strains.
Spinosad kills susceptible species by causing rapid excitation of the insect nervous system. Due to this unique mode of action, Spinosad is valued in resistance management programs. Spinosad must be ingested by the insect, therefore it has little effect on sucking insects and non-target predatory insects. Spinosad is relatively fast acting. The insect dies within 1 to 2 days after ingesting the active ingredient and there appears to be no recovery. For sucking insects try Surround.
Monterey Garden Insect Spray is used to control a variety of insect pests, including fruit flies, caterpillars, leafminers, thrips, sawflies, spider mites, fire ants, and leaf beetle larvae. Spinosad is recommended for use in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for commercial greenhouses since it will not harm most beneficial insects or predatory mites. Spinosad does not significantly affect beneficial organisms including ladybugs, green lacewings, minute pirate bugs, and predatory mites.
Directions for use:
For the Garden: Use any type of sprayer. Mix 2 oz. (4 Tbsp.) per gallon of water. Mix thoroughly and apply uniformly to both upper and lower surfaces of plant foliage. Mix only enough for a single treatment. Use no more than 3 gallons of spray for 1,000 square feet. Do not use kitchen utensils for measuring. See label below for number of applications per season, frequency, and interval to harvest.
For individual Fire Ant Mounds: Mix the amount of Monterey Garden Insect Spray recommended per gallon of spray (2 oz or 4 T) and use sprinkler can or similar device to apply the diluted spray as a mound drench, using 1 – 2 gallons per mound. Do not use pressurized sprays. Apply about 10% of the volume around the perimeter of the mound to keep them contained during the process and the remainder directly to the mound. Do not disturb fire ant mound prior to application. They could erupt and come out looking for thge source of the disturbance. If possible, apply following recent rainfall, because most ants detest being wet and will want to stay in their dry mound. For best results, apply when weather is cool, because insects tend to be more sluggish when the weather is cooler. Early morning or evening is best. One quart treats 8-16 mounds; 1 gallon treats 32-64 mounds.
Its "Caution" signal word indicates a reduced risk to applicators and workers. There are no specific worker protection requirements, even though applicators and handlers should wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, shoes and socks, always a good idea when applying anything in a garden or green house. Spinosad shows low toxicity when ingested by mammals (male rat LD50 = 3738 mg/kg) and no additional adverse effects from chronic exposure. Studies on spinosad show slight toxicity to birds, moderate toxicity to fish, and slight to moderate toxicity to aquatic invertebrates. However, it is highly toxic to bees (honey bee LC50 = 11.5 ppm) and is highly toxic to oysters and other marine mollusks. Keep it out of waterways and ponds etc.. Applications to areas where bees are actively foraging should be avoided. (This is true for any pesticide, natural or otherwise) After the residues have dried, it is much less toxic to bees.
Beneficial Trichogramma and Braconid wasps are harmed by the chemical, but it has much less effect on such insects as lacewings and beetles like the ladybug and spares predatory bugs such as damsel bugs and the big-eyed bug.
Spinosad does not have any phytotoxicity on ornamentals and is non-phytotoxic for most crops. It has a 4-hour Worker Protection Standard reentry interval (REI). Do not apply Spinosad more than 10 times in a 12 month period inside a greenhouse to prevent possible insect pesticide resistance, a common problem with all insecticides. (Generally speaking if you had to use an insectivide on a regular basis it would be a good idea to take a wholistic look at what's going on and make some major changes in what your doing and how you're doing it)
This product has practically no odor. Its soil absorption is moderately strong and it degrades rapidly in the environment primarily through photolysis.
- Spinosad is approved for use on USDA certified organic produce. Check with your local certifier to see if they are aware of the product and have it listed for use in your area.
- Spinosad is the active ingredient in "Comfortis", a chewable flea medication for pets.
Active ingredient: Spinosad (a mixture of Spinosyn A and Spinosyn D) ……….0.5 %
Inert Ingredients: ………………………………………………………………..99.5%