Absolutely NO to SEVIN dust. I will attach a link to that discussion later if no one else does.
...here it is... use the link to the full description. But even if you have no concern for the environment, or possible carcinogen (or that it Has been banned in EU and other countries for over a decade) one of the human effects is difficulty breathing — do you really want that RIGHT NOW?
Subject: Please read before you spray poisons! INFO
rainbowgardener wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:12 am
Product names: include Carbamine, Denapon, Dicarbam, Hexavin, Karbaspray, Nac, Ravyon, Septene, Sevin, Tercyl, Tricarnam, and Union Carbide 7744.
Class and uses: Carbaryl is a wide-spectrum carbamate insecticide which controls over 100 species of insects on citrus, fruit, cotton, trees, and other crops, as well as on poultry, livestock and pets. It is also used as a molluscicide and an acaricide (against ticks and mites). The chemical name for carbaryl is 1- naphthol N-methylcarbamate. It is a neurotoxin.
— you can always just hard spray with water as long as your area is not In drought and under water restriction. Aphids have tiny legs and it will be a long way for them to climb back up once blown off by the water jet. CONTROL the ants with ant bait (borax and Anything sweet - Take your pick : sugar water, leftover juice, candy, cookies, Sweetened yogurt — Personally, I REFUSE to use perfectly good new sugar when I have choice of Sugary crumbs and dregs)
— spraying water on aphids — if you watch closely, aphids‘ short legs make the finely sprayed water bead between their body and the plant, which suffocates their breathing holes located near their leg attachments to their body. So when water is sprayed, they stretch their ittybitty legs and lift their bodies Up and away. So if you go and Jet spray them AGAIN, they are holding on only with their teeny tiny claw tips, making them easier to blow away.
— with caviat emptor: my garden has been chemical persticide/herbicide-free for over 20 years — I don’t spray anything that kills insects on contact or systemically (which by definition to me are Chemical poison) and certainly would not Recommend indiscriminately spraying without assessing the pest vs. predator population. In my garden, I can always find ladybugs somewhere In the garden to catch and put on aphid-infested plants. I usually don’t have to do anything much because other aphid predators like aphid mummy makers and hoverflies, green lace wings also Arrive when the aphids are here. AGAIN - ANTS defend the aphids so they need to be controlled.
...@tomatonut, your worms are likely pinworms or tomato leafminers. (cabbageworms do not eat tomatoes — only dual pest I can think of are armyworms) If so, you can use Bt for caterpillars — WITH care so as not to affect desirable butterflies as and moths.