Insecticidal Soap Spray Services in Calgary
Insecticidal soap is a safe, inexpensive and effective way to get rid of undesirable insects in your yard and garden. ArborCare® offers environmentally friendly, organic insecticidal soap spray applications for residential and commercial properties in Calgary. Our tree experts apply this non-toxic pesticide to shrubs, trees and plants to control populations of harmful insects.
Advantages of Insecticidal Soap Spray
Using insecticidal soap in your yard and garden has many advantages over other pesticides, namely:
- It’s less expensive
- It’s non-toxic to humans, animals and birds
- It leaves no harsh residue
- You can use it on fruits and vegetables right up until harvest
- It doesn’t harm trees or shrubs
Finally, insecticidal soap doesn’t harm beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies. At ArborCare®, we use an organic, non-toxic soap certified by the Organic Material Review Institute (ORMI).
How Insecticidal Soap Works
Commercial insecticidal soap spray is a highly refined version of household dish detergent. It’s made of potassium salts of fatty acids, the result of combining the fatty acids from a plant or animal with a strong alkali.
Insecticidal soap kills small, soft-bodied insects by disrupting their cell membrane, which suffocates them. The soap also washes away the insect’s natural protective waxes, resulting in dehydration.
What Insecticidal Soap Kills
Insecticidal soap is an effective way to kill the following small insects that can damage vegetable crops, shrubs and trees:
- Scale crawlers
- Spider mites
Insecticidal soap can also help control leafhopper and caterpillar populations and is useful for removing honeydew, mould and mildew from leaves.
When to Apply Insecticidal Soap
Because insecticidal soap has no residual effects, you must spray plants and shrubs several times throughout the summer to maximize benefits. Beginning in late spring, three applications timed four to six weeks apart ensure that insects are treated as they emerge and populations are kept under control.
Risks Of DIY Insecticidal Soap
Making and applying your own insecticidal soap comes with risks. You need to be careful when mixing the products because concentrations that are too high can damage some plants. Even the type of water you use can influence the efficacy. Moreover, you must also use the best spray techniques, as the product only works if it comes in direct contact with the insects.
A trained plant management specialist from ArborCare® can apply the right insecticidal soap and maximize the benefits of each application.
Insecticidal Soap Specialists in Calgary
The specialists at ArborCare® know precisely when and how to apply pesticides, and we have safe products that are proven effective. Besides insecticidal soap spray, we offer professional applications of horticultural oil spray and anti-desiccant to keep your plants and trees healthy and beautiful. Contact us today to learn more about our services and book an appointment.
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