Safer® Brand Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer, RTU
- Targets and kills aphids, asparagus beetles, bean beetles, cabbage loopers, caterpillars, Colorado potato beetles, cucumber beetles, diamond-backed moth, flea beetles, imported cabbage worms leaf hoppers, plant bugs, tomato hornworm and whiteflies
- Kills insects on contact but is gentle on your plants
- OMRI Listed® and compliant for use in organic gardening
What's in the Box:
- 1 Ready-to-use spray bottle
- 32 fl oz RTU spray
- Contains pyrethrins (.012%) and potassium salts of fatty acids (1.015%)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Review RateIt works!Bought primarily to eliminate insects fond of asparagus. Kills on contact as advertised. Safer Brand will always be on the shelf from now on.
Review RateWorked immediately on asparagus beetlesOne use, worked right away
Review Ratecucumber beetle controlI applied several other products for cucumber beetle control and none worked. I read review about SaferBrand Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer and just got one and test sprayed on the beetles. They are falling off right away upon contact and am sure it's going to die in a few minutes. I am very pleased I was able to buy this organic pesticide.
Review RateReview Posted on Amazon.comI keep my plants in containers on the deck, so I did NOT want anything toxic. This has certainly been a good choice for that, I used it on my veggies with no problem. It has a clean, kind of waxy smell, not harsh or chemical.I'm not an experienced enough gardener to know exactly how much credit to give it, this is my first year, but every single plant has survived and thrived.Our tomatoes, strawberries, and blueberries are fine, our raspberries seem to be starting to bear fruit, and I haven't had any bug problems at all, and no leaf discoloration. Our potatoes are going wild, I think we can live on french fries next year if we want!I don't know if gardening is easier than I thought or if this stuff is the reason I had no fatalities, but not a single leaf got munched on by bugs.I'll use this, and probably only this, from now on.Pray and spray, those are my gardening secrets! :)
Review RateReview Posted on Amazon.comI planted a lot of seeds this past spring and now have a lush vegetable, herb and flower garden on a balcony in NYC. Usually aphids and other small bugs gravitate to many of my plants since it is "fresh food" to them in the city. About two weeks ago I noticed those little green aphids on the new growth of my cosmos, peppers and tomatoes. I sprayed them with Safer® Brand Insect Killer and they started moving around but shortly stopped in their tracks. The next day I noticed they were all dead. More bugs came back a few days later, but I sprayed again and no problem! I feel better using this product because it IS safer than using traditional chemicals and it works! I will continue to buy this product so I can enjoy my veggies and flowers all season long!
Review RateReview Posted on Amazon.comAfter I got this product I had to wait until my tomato plants got bugs before I could review it - and just when you want bugs they don't come! But at last I saw some chewed leaves and could test it. Very easy to use of course and as it organic you can use it right up to harvest. I have used on my tomatoes, peppers, beans and cucumbers quite successfully - all the leaf chewing has stopped and it has not bothered the bees at all and my plants are thriving. I have hopes that it will help me to a great harvest. I'll update this review as time passes.
Review RateReview Posted on Amazon.comI've been equally pleased with this product as I have with the other Safer product I recently tried (the 3-in-1 Garden Spray). Again, effective, fast-working and easy to use. Not much else I can add. Excellent product, does a fine job.
Review RateReview Posted on Amazon.comI have several tomato and cucumber plants growing this year and within days of planting my early girl variety they had holes in all the leaves and yellowing. I sprayed the plant lightly since it was only 6 inches high and within two days the plant turned green again and the holes have begun repairing themselves. This spray is made out of some kind of organic oil that must suffocate insects, it has no odor or color and didn't hurt my tiny plants. It did as it promised and very quickly, I highly recommend if you have a bug issue on your veggies, but are afraid to spray a bug killer on something you will eventually be eating.
Review RateReview Posted on Amazon.comWe got this for our herb garden, as well as for the tomatoes that we will be planting soon. For the herbs, it got rid of the aphids after the first use. I sprayed too much on a couple of plants and a few of the leaves fell off. Then I re-read the directions and it said do not spray to the point of run-off!I was a little worried about the pyrethrin, especially for edible plants. So I did a little research. Apparently it is a derivative from the chrysanthemum and if sprayed in the evening it will dissipate by morning (according to a 'gardenguides' site I found on herb gardening). So for edible plants it is apparently doable.And I'll be washing my herbs before eating anyway. I'm just glad to find something that works.
Review RateReview Posted on Amazon.comI've been raising tomatoes in organic raised square foot beds for about 10 years now, with very few problems. Each year I plant a handful of varieties, and they grow like crazy...but sometimes they meet their match in bugs!For years I've trusted Safer® Brand 5118 Insect Killing Soap - 16-Ounce Concentrate, but this year I've had the opportunity to try the tomato and vegetable specific soap.I did go to Safer's website to be sure this was still the sort of product I'd be comfortable using on the food I'm going to eat, and it is. There are MSDS and full instruction sheets that you can download in PDF format. Safer's Tomato & Vegetable Insect Killer does a better job on the little creepy things that attack the gorgeous vegetables I grow. I'll continue to use the plain Safer Soap on my roses to kill the aphids that attack their buds each year.
- All About
All About Growing Tomatoes
Growing tomatoes can be a fun and rewarding activity. As seedlings are planted in the spring, gardeners are often already dreaming of those plump, juicy tomatoes fresh from the garden all summer long.
Safer® Brand provides the know-how and great tips for growing delicious tomatoes. Growing tomatoes organically with these instructions and tips means your family can enjoy them without worry in sandwiches, sauces and all kinds of great recipes! Happy growing!
- Control Options
Pest and Disease Control of Tomatoes
What's Bugging your Tomatoes?
Are there holes in the leaves of your plants or tiny little creatures on the leaves and stem? Maybe you can even see big beetles resting on the leaves and eating them? For insect troubles, use Safer® Brand Tomato & Vegetable Insect Killer. It is an OMRI Listed® pesticide that utilizes the dual action of soap and pyrethrin for use in organic vegetable gardening.
If you fear your trouble is with leaf feeding worms or caterpillars, try a more targeted approach. Garden Dust and Caterpillar Killer (liquid concentrate) are Safer® Brand’s OMRI listed products with Bt. (Bacillus thuringensis var. Kurstaki) which targets these leaf eating caterpillars.
Common Tomato Diseases
Blossom End Rot - Irregular watering or not enough calcium or nutrients in the soil can lead to blossom end rot. Blossom end rot is large brown spots at the bottom of the tomato plant that ultimately leaves them inedible. Tomatoes that touch or grow in the soil will likely develop this issue as well. It is not a disease, rather a physiological disorder. Mulching, regular watering, and fertilization will eliminate or at least reduce the likelihood of this issue arising. Have your soil tested for calcium deficiency if it continues to be a problem.
Leaf Spot – (Early Blight, Late Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot) Leaf Spot diseases for tomatoes show as dark brown spots with dark concentric rings on the leaves.
Fruit Rot – (Anthracnose, Early Blight and Late Blight) Fruit rot shows on the fruit of the plant and develops as early rotting fruit on the vine. This typically occurs when the fruit touches the soil.
Management of Diseases - Consistent watering practices and a sunny location with good air circulation will help prevent these diseases, but if they occur, use Safer® Brand Garden Fungicide to eliminate them. It is an OMRI Listed® sulfur based fungicide that can be used up to the day of harvest on tomatoes and other vegetables. (Just wash your veggies as you normally would before eating) It will kill the disease on contact and prevent additional outbreaks of the disease for about 30 days by changing the pH of the plant so the disease cannot thrive.
When leaf spot is present, remove the damaged leaves from the plants but do not remove more than 30% of the plant's leaves at one time. If the problem is attacking more than 30% of the leaves, remove only up to 30% of the worst affected leaves, spray garden fungicide and repeat the process in about 10 days.
Important! When using any pesticide products test the plant for sensitivity in a small area and wait 24 hours to make sure the plant is unharmed before using the product on the full plant.
- Why Organic
Expert Tips for a Beautiful Garden Full of Tomatoes!
Gardening can be a very rewarding and healthy undertaking. By using products and methods that comply with organic gardening standards, plants grow better, insect pests can be controlled, plant diseases can be eliminated, and lush harvests can be enjoyed!
Mulch & Weed Control
Add mulch to the area around your planted tomatoes to reduce weeds, and keep moisture and nutrients in the soil. Adding Concern® Weed Prevention Plus® to the soil when planting will further prevent weeds from germinating.
Preventing weed growth is important because weeds can rob the tomatoes of moisture, light and nutrients. Weeds can also harbor insect pests and disease. If weeds are a problem in your garden, try Safer® Brand Fast Acting Weed & Grass Killer. It is an herbicidal soap for use in organic gardening that knocks down weeds within hours and only kills what you spray it on. It won’t move through the soil to nearby plants, and it can be used up to the day of harvest around tomato plants and other vegetables.
Water tomato plants very regularly and keep the soil moist. Irregular watering can lead to cat facing which is when a tomato has a crack down the center of it. A cat-faced tomato can still be eaten but isn’t as attractive.
Water tomato plants in the morning so the moisture can dry during the day. If you must water in the evening, make sure to water at least 2 hours before the sun goes down to prevent very damp conditions during the night hours. Damp conditions overnight can lead to fungal issues.
Water tomatoes at the stem and in the surrounding soil. Do not water the full plant and leaves as only the roots need water to thrive. Watering the leaves may also lead to fungal disease problems.
Harvest tomatoes when they are fully ripe for best flavor and nutrition. If there is a great concern about critters eating the fruit of your labor before you get a chance to, try our sister product – Havahart® Critter Ridder® to keep the animals away. It is also OMRI Listed® for use in organic fruit and vegetable gardening.
Also, harvesting a tomato just before it is fully red can keep critters away too. Let the tomato ripen fully on your window sill inside before eating.
FAQs About Insects in Your Tomato Garden
Q: My plant leaves look chewed! Do you know what type of insect might do that?
A: Insects that have the ability to chew plants must have special cutters in their mouths for this purpose. Such insects may include caterpillars, beetles, and grasshoppers, for example.
Q: If I use a floating row cover, how will bees and pollinating insects reach the plants?
A: They won’t be able to so you will need to pollinate them yourself by hand. Check with your local garden center or farm supply store to find out how to hand pollinate them. You may want to remove the row covers during times of insect pollination.
Q: How do I know if my plant is being attacked by an insect or a disease?
A: If it’s an insect, the plant may have holes in its leaves. Turn the leaves over and you may see the insects themselves clustered on the underside of the leaves. You may also see and feel a sticky substance if it’s an insect because the insect will leave a secretion on the plant.
Q: I have really big larvae in my garden, and my neighbor says they are Tomato Hornworms. They are attacking my tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. How do I get rid of them?
A: B.t. (Bacillus Thuringiensis) is an excellent way to get rid of them. It actually works on most caterpillars. When the worm ingests the B.t., it works as a gut rot poison that makes the worm stop feeding. The tomato hornworm will stop feeding and die within days.
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