I have ants all over my squash. I have tried Seven Dust but it doesn't
seem to be working? Can I use real killer stuff and still eat the
squash or should I just ignore them? They are fire ants so weeding is
Carbaryl kills both targeted (e.g. malaria-carrying mosquitos) and
beneficial insects (e.g. honeybees), as well as crustaceans.
Although approved for more than 100 crops in the US, carbaryl is illegal
in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark,
Sweden, Germany, and Angola.
Carbaryl is often produced using methyl isocyanate (MIC) as an
intermediary. A leak of MIC used in the production of carbaryl caused
the Bhopal disaster, the largest industrial accident in history. This
accident caused around 11,000 deaths and over 500,000 injuries.
Carbaryl is a cholinesterase inhibitor and is toxic to humans. It is
classified as a likely human carcinogen by the United States
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.)
Personally, I wouldn't eat your squash. Notice also that you have killed
pollinators, which are responsible for a third of the food that we eat.
Try some sugar + boric acid instead.
Or perhaps some diatomaceous earth and powdered sugar ... with or without
the boric acid . I need to sprinkle a little DE around my garden soon , last
year I lost all my zucchini's to squash borers . Of course that means I'll
have to set up some drip hoses instead of spraying the water from my hose
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