Every once in awhile I’ll see a new garden product that really speaks to me. Something that promises spectacular results on some garden problem that I’ve had to deal with before and attacks it in a novel way. Then I’ll read the advertising materials for the product and be let down before even trying it. Such is the case for a new product called Liquid Ladybug (which, by the way, is one of the niftiest product names that I’ve ever seen — so there’s a win for the company!).
According to the manufacturer Liquid Ladybug is a spray-on product which kills spidermites, evaporates quickly from the plant, and which has organic plant oils as its main active ingredient.
So far so good — and even believable. Plant oils can kill spider mites. Of course simply wiping the plant with a cotton swab soaked in isopropyl alcohol can do that too — or you could easily make up a soapy spray to spray on the plant which can do the same thing. Still, the claims don’t seem too bad so far.
Here’s the part that I have a problem with — you can, and are all but encouraged to, spray this stuff with no protection (like gloves). See the website here . Is this a bright thing to advertise? Many plant oils don’t agree with eyes, mucous membranes, or beneficial insects, and let’s not even get started with allergies! In my opinion this is reckless, foolish advertising. Pesticides, organic or not, need to be respected. Without that respect we inadvertantly put ourselves into bad situations. Another problem with this products is that it is likely to kill any predatory mites or other soft bodied beneficial insects just as readily as it kills bad mites.
And check out the price of this stuff!
My advice, skip this product and use insecticidal soap, or, if you’re anxious to try something new, try a beneficial insect such as the big eyed bug or minute pirate bug.