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Great website! I have chemical sensitivity and neighbors who use chemicals. They are using malathion to kill lace bugs on their azaleas. Also, fungicides to eliminate yellow and bald spots on the lawn. Not to mention the fertilizers, weedkillers etc. These drift into my home and I stay ill. Do you have any information I could pass onto them ? The most pending problem at this time is lace bugs. Any information you give me would be greatly appreciated as I stay shut up in my house with air machines and ionizers. - Ms Edmonds


I have over 2300 alternatives that can be used to safely and far more effectively control pest problems - one of the simplest is "dishwater" - put 1 tablespoon of dish soap and 1 teaspoon of canola oil in a quart of water and spray. This simple mix kills most pests quickly - you can add a "kicker" with a few drops of peppermint oil. One of the best all-purpose mixes to control insect and fungal problems and diseases is to take 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of dish detergent (or Murphy's Oil Soap), 1 teaspoon of canola oil in a gallon of water; then add 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Shake and spray once a week. Note; water sprays can burn plants, on hot, sunny days especially. Have you read my fisrt IPM book on cd-rom entitled: THE BEST CONTROL? 
There are several hundred alternatives in that book. Steve

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