Some refer to Sevin Dust as the Nature’s Seasoning of the insect killer world. It claims to kill over 500 common insects but is it safe for plants? The short answer, if you follow the label on the product when applying Sevin Dust, it is safe. If you’re still skeptical about this all around bug killer, let’s do a deeper dive.
For over 30 years, Sevin has been a reliable insecticide for homeowners and professionals. Sevin is used in lawns, flower beds and even vegetable gardens. It is also effective on giant yellow jacket nests and ant infestations!
Sevin is a broad spectrum pesticide. This means the active ingredient, Carbaryl, is deadly to all types of insects. The traditional form of Sevin comes in a dust that is easily applied to target areas.
Garden Tech, the manufacturer of Sevin, has a liquid form and pelleted form as well. The dust formulation is by far the most used.
Apply Sevin at the first signs of an infestation. The ability for the dust particles to stick to insects makes it so effective. Insects die within minutes after contact. This train is detrimental to pollinators that visit your garden. It’s best to never apply Sevin dust to plants that are flowering to limit impact to pollinators.
Sevin dust comes in an easily dispersible shaker container. Application is easy:
- Wear latex or rubber gloves
- Apply a light dusting over the target area
- Evenly cover the area with the dust.
***Wash hands and clothes after applying to reduce the chances of human contamination.
Rain and irrigation water will wash the dust from the applied area. If Sevin dust does not come in contact with water, the half life of time it will remain is 3 days. If it is applied to soil or washes off into soil, it has a half life of 4 to 72 days.
Sevin dust has a low toxicity to humans, pets and other mammals when applied in a way that follows the label. However, its best for humans, pets, and other mammals to avoid poisons if possible.
Always keep pets and people out of the application area until all the dust has settled. Wearing a dust mask will decrease the chances of inhalation. Also, always work backwards when applying. This will prevent you walking through a Sevin dust cloud during application.
When using on edible plants, follow the package label carefully. This usually means not harvesting anywhere from from 3 to 21 days post application. However, it’s still important to wash all fruits and vegetables before consumption no matter your use of pesticides.