The Q&A Archives: Source for Sabadilla Dust

Question: What is a source for sabadilla dust? I can find all kinds of references but no supply source. Thanks. C E Watson Vanderburgh

Answer: I, too, am surprised at how difficult it is to find a supplier of sabadilla, considering how often it is recommended. I did find one supplier of larger amounts for commercial growers; you might call them and ask if they know why it has fallen out of favor as a botanical pesticide. The company is Peaceful Valley Farm Supply in California; their number is 916/272-4769. Sabadilla is a broad-spectrum insecticide, meaning it will kill a large variety of insects. Unfortunately, this means it will kill beneficial insects like predatory mites and honeybees as well as your pests. If you know exactly what pest you are having trouble with, we may be able to recommend some cultural controls to help you reduce your need for spraying.

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