Safer® Brand Tomato & Vegetable Insect Killer RTU 32oz

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  • Kills aphids, beetles, caterpillars, and more.
  • Comes with one 32 fl oz ready-to-use spray.
  • Kills insects on contact.
  • OMRI Listed® and compliant for use in organic gardening.
  • Can be used up until the day of harvest.

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Safer® Brand Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer 32 fl oz Ready-to-Use Spray

Safer® Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer combines pyrethrins and potassium salts of fatty acids to kill a variety of garden insects on contact. The pyrethrins attack the insect’s nervous system and the potassium salts of fatty acids weaken the insect’s protective outer shell causing them to dehydrate and die.

OMRI Listed® and compliant for use in organic gardening, this insect killer can be used on a wide array of garden vegetables.

Apply every 7-10 days when insects are present or as needed to prevent further damage. It can be applied directly to fruits and vegetables right up until the day of harvest!

What it kills?

Aphids, asparagus beetles, bean beetles, cabbage loopers, caterpillars, Colorado potato beetles, cucumber beetles, diamond backed moth, flea beetles, imported cabbageworm, leafhoppers, plant bugs, tomato hornworm, psyllids and whiteflies.

Where to use it?

Asparagus, beans, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, kale, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, melons, and herbs.

How to use it?

  1. Shake well.
  2. Use at first sighting of insects
  3. Thoroughly moisten all plant surfaces where insects are feeding or resting.
  4. Apply every 7-10 days when insects are present or as needed to prevent damage
  5. Can be used up until the day of harvest!

Safer® Brand is the leader in alternative lawn and garden products, offering many solutions that are compliant with organic gardening standards. Safer® Brand recognizes this growing demand by consumers, and offers a wide variety of products for lawns, gardens, landscapes, flowers, houseplants, insects and more!


Safer® Brand Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer, RTU

Product Features:

  • 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%)

Disclaimer: Safer® Brand does not endorse any information contained in product reviews. Please follow all label instructions for your specific use.

Safer® Brand Tomato & Vegetable Insect Killer RTU 32oz is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It 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.
Date published: 2016-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked immediately on asparagus beetles One use, worked right away
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from cucumber beetle control I 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.
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review Posted on I 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! :)
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review Posted on I 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!
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review Posted on After 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.
Date published: 2011-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review Posted on I'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.
Date published: 2011-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review Posted on I 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.
Date published: 2011-05-19
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Is this the best spray for lettuces and Fall vegetables?

Asked by: Aurelia33
This product can be used on lettuce and a variety of other vegetables to kill common insects that affect these plants.
Answered by: Consumer Relations
Date published: 2016-11-03

Does this kill squash bugs? I don't see them listed.

Asked by: JP4uall
This product has not been tested on squash bugs.
Answered by: Consumer Relations
Date published: 2016-10-24

Will this kill the "good" insects that help control the bad ones that harm tomato plants such as leaf miners?

Asked by: Bamaman
We recommend applying our products in the early morning or late afternoon. This helps prevent damage to plants caused by the plant being wet in the sun, but also helps protect beneficial insects. They tend to feed during the day, meaning they won't be coming in contact with the product when it is applied.
Answered by: Consumer Relations
Date published: 2016-08-09
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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

Why Organic?

The benefits of an organic regimen in your lawn and garden are exponential! In addition to helping improve the environment an organic lifestyle can provide mental and physical benefits, long-term money-savings, and increased vitamin and mineral content in your soil, among other things.

Learn more:

Benefits of Going Organic

Organic gardening provides for intense, realistic flavors in your food, and higher vitamin and mineral content than in conventionally produced foods. Organic Gardening: It's good for the environment and healthier for you and your family!

Organic vs. Natural - How to Read Labels

In the world of pesticides and repellents the words "organic" and "natural" are often mistakenly used to replace one another. Understanding product labels and certifications can help clear up the confusion.


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!

Learn More:

Tomato Maintenance

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.