Natural Pesticide: First Saturday Lime

Garden Pest Defender aims to help you keep pests from invading your garden. However, we prefer to do it in an eco-friendly way. The fine folks at First Saturday Lime have similar goals and a great lineup of related products.

You might not like specific insects to be in your garden, but there’s plenty of other wildlife that are beneficial. Of course, let’s not forget the kids and pets too. First Saturday Lime is a natural insecticide with no known health hazards to humans or animals.

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How does First Saturday Lime work?

The lime clogs the spiracles that insects use to breathe. It dries out the eggs and larvae and makes your garden a very difficult place for them to survive. It’s great for preventing infestations, but also good for treating existing insect issues.

The formula works on any insect with an exoskeleton. This means it will work on ants, ticks, lice, fleas, and mites, for example. Even better, it can be used to control mosquitos in standing water and ponds. However, don’t worry, this won’t kill bees that are essential for pollinating healthy gardens.

Surprisingly, First Saturday Lime also can repel snails and slugs. That can be a real benefit for some crops that those pests love to eat. Another option for these pests is to introduce hedgehogs and frogs to your garden.

If you live in area with scorpions, like the Southwestern USA, this product will kill those too.

When Should You Apply It?

Not to be cute, but the name says it all. Apply it once a month, starting in the Spring. You could apply it on the first Saturday of the month, for example. Get it? Seriously though, once a month should do it. You don’t need to worry about rain because the treatment is not water soluble. It will still be effective after it dries again.

How Should you Appy It?

You can use a lawn spreader to apply to your yard. For buildings like barns or sheds, dig a small trench around the building (about 2″ wide) and put the insecticide in it.

For water treatments, spread a thin layer of the mixture on the surface of the water. Since it will not dissolve in water, it will eventually sink to the bottom of the water container. For that reason, don’t use it in a swimming pool or spa since it will clog the filter.

Using First Saturday Lime with Pets and Livestock

You can use First Saturday Lime in pet bedding to prevent insects. This is similar to use food-grade diatomaceous earth to kill ticks and fleas. In fact, it kills insects in a similar way.

Another possible use is in chicken coops or a rabbit hutch. You can put it in the bedding or in other places where insects might be living.

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