Chemical Control of Nursery Pests

Melissa Scherr and Lloyd Nackley
Latest revision: 
March 2023

Note: Products are listed in alphabetical order and not in order of preference or superiority of pest control.

Bee warning Read carefully before applying any material selected for use. Many insecticides are highly toxic to honeybees. Some should not be applied any time during bloom, while many others should be applied only in the early morning hours and/or late in the evening. Avoid spraying carbaryl and diazinon on plant surrounded by blooming flowers or weeds. Always take simple steps, such as removing (mowing) blooming clover from lawns adjacent to garden areas before applying materials that are hazardous to bees. In all cases, when given the choice, select the least hazardous material when plants in the infested vicinity are in bloom. Avoid using dusts wherever possible; spray formulations are preferred for bee safety.

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Using pyrethroid insecticides is associated with subsequent spider mite outbreaks: monitor plant closely after you use these materials.