so I've got a four lined plant bug
problem, also azalea caterpillars
(the little green worms that chow the leaves)
I'm looking for safe ways to deal with them. I also raise monarchs (starting my 3rd year) and want to encourage other beneficial insects. so far I've gotten this advice from someone on Monarch Watch FB: "I make up a mixture of about 6 cups water to which I add tabasco sauce onions and garlic. Let it sit in the sun for a few days and then strain the liquid and put it in a spray bottle and spray the leafs bugs are eating. Spray under the leaves also. Then just keep refilling the container adding more yucky things. Flies will go to red sugar water. They just land on it and drown. I must kill thousands of flies a year that way. Yellowjackets also go for it."
My concern is that the strong essential oils might be too strong for other insects as well? My milk weed is somewhat on it's own in much of our yard, and currently not next to plants that have the four lineds and the azalea worms. I live in the city on a small lot- we don't do chickens, I know they can be great for pest control. I was looking at a commercial product that has: ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Rosemary Oil, Sesame Oil, Peppermint Oil, Thyme Oil, Cinnamon Oil, and Garlic Extract working in synergy with the following. INERT INGREDIENTS: Beeswax, Calcium Carbonate, Carrageenan, Cellulose, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Kaolin, Lecithin, Mustard Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Chloride, Soybean Oil, Wintergreen Oil, and Distilled Water. For the azalea I was considering Bacillus thuringiensis
thanks in advance for your help