For what it's worth, I am fighting the good fight here in GA...everyone in my family is pressuring me to just cover my garden with sevin and watch it take off.
Before I found HG (and saw the light
) I sprinkled two...just two bell pepper plants with a pinch of sevin. It lasted all of two days, and the aphids were back. It took a bit longer for the ladybugs to get back, but once they did and I realized they were doing a better job anyway I chucked the can of sevin to the back of my yard care shelf to be disposed of properly later.
Thus far neem oil and Murphy's oil soap/water are keeping most things under control. And my garden has gone crazy growing and fruiting, and aside from the first two pepper plants (who have received myriad apologies), no pesticide has touched or WILL touch my garden.
And gixx, I concur as to the existence of the Aisle of Death at Walmart. Know thy enemy, though; I stroll through and have a look at what people think will give them the greenest grass and deadest bugs. Weed n' Feed, malathion...just the smell of all of it kind of nauseates me.