By Clayton Carter
More than 500 species of insects, mites, and spiders have developed some level of pesticide resistance since we began spraying them. In any population there will be a few individuals that possess a mechanism to survive exposure. Over time, the resistant few will produce generations that contain this resilience. Spider mites are notorious for rapidly developing resistance to miticides in almost all fruiting crops worldwide. Ultimately, the once-effective product no longer controls the resistant population, which is why we suggest Green Cleaner.
Green Cleaner is our favorite all-in-one natural insecticide, pesticide, miticide, and fungicide. Unlike many other pesticides, Green Cleaner works in a way that will kill adults and eggs with no way that the pests can build up a tolerance.
The answer to your pest and disease woes is actually very simple and made from common ingredients. Our customers in both indoor and in outdoor gardeners are giving us great reviews and feedback to pass along. It dehydrates powdery mildew with a single application and coats the spores to limit any further infections. Wash powdery mildew right off the plant. While we find that most people are using it to control powdery mildew they are also finding it is helping make the growing environment inhospitable to all kinds of mites and other soft bodied insects like: Thrips, Aphids, Whiteflies, Leafminers, Fungus Gnats, Broad Mites, Russet Mites, and Spider Mites.
Non-poisonous and it can be sprayed wearing sandals, shorts, and a tank top – or no clothes if you prefer (don’t forget the sunscreen)! Not only is there no residue left over from an application of Green Cleaner, it can even help wash off other sprays from past use. You can use Green Cleaner comfortably without worrying about any harmful systemic effects from cuttings all the way to late flowering.
Soybean oil coats insects, immobilizing them and beginning to suffocate them by blocking the network of tiny tubes they use to breathe, called tracheae. Sodium laureth sulfate acts as a surfactant which improves the coverage. The sulfates it contains continue to clog up the tracheae, suffocating them dead. Isopropyl alcohol comes into play, drying out the ones that remain by breaking down the thin waxy protective layer they have. The alcohol also helps prevent build up on the plant. Wrapping it all up is citric acid to alter the surface pH and giving the plant natural anti-fungal properties. Citric acid also prevents oxidation of the essential plant oils so Green Cleaner is safe to use right up until harvest without risk of harming the flavor or smell.
There are many ways that a species can develop resistance.
Metabolic resistance: This is the most common mechanism and often presents the greatest challenge. Insects use their internal enzyme systems to break down insecticides.Altered target-site resistance: The site where the toxin usually binds in the insect becomes modified to reduce the effects.Behavioral resistance: Resistant insects may detect or recognize a danger and avoid the toxin (for instance, they may move to the underside of a sprayed leaf, move deeper in the crop canopy or fly away from the target area).Penetration resistance: Penetration resistance occurs when the insect’s outer cuticle develops barriers which can slow absorption of the chemicals into their bodies. This can protect insects from a wide range of insecticides.
Because Green Cleaner works without penetrating the pest or altering its feeding habits, they cannot develop resistance. Insects would actually have to stop being insects to be safe from Green Cleaner (see: The Fly, it’s great!). No immunity means that you can use it as a stand-alone, or incorporate it into your already effective regimen to prevent resistant bugs from taking hold in your garden.
Tips on how to use Green Cleaner:
Spray Green Cleaner on plants of every age, from clones through harvest. We find that 1 ounce per gallon used on the entire plant top to bottom 2 days in succession does the trick. If you are spraying Green Cleaner indoors, spray with grow lights OFF & wait until plants are dry before turning lights on.
It will work as a root drench and take out fungus gnats and their larva, but you want to limit it to two applications as Green Cleaner can build up in the soil. GC can take out your beneficials in the soil, so it’s important to replenish your beneficial microbes with compost tea and Mykos. Look for Root Cleaner due out soon for regular drenches.
Green Cleaner suggested use:
2 oz: 1 – 4 gallons
4 oz: 2 – 8 gallons
8 oz: 4 – 16 gallons
32 oz: 16 – 64 gallons
128 oz: 64 – 256 gallons