Vegetable Pests

John Rinehold, Neil Bell, and Tim Waters
Revised: 
March 2017

Includes management options for commercial and home use.

In all cases, follow the instructions on the pesticide label. The PNW Insect Management Handbook has no legal status, whereas the pesticide label is a legal document. Read the product label before making any pesticide applications.

Note: Products are listed in alphabetical order and not in order of preference or superiority of pest control.

In this section

Only pesticides with current federal or state registrations during the annual handbook review period are listed. Registrations change every day. Use the handbook as a first reference only. Always check the current label before purchase and application. Not all registered materials are listed in the handbook. Omissions may occur accidentally or intentionally, such as when a specific use, site, crop, pest, or restriction is in question.

Suggestions for use are based on current labels and the assumption that when a pesticide is used in the prescribed manner (exact dosage, method of application, and specified time interval between application and harvest), the raw agricultural product will not bear illegal residues. However, satisfaction with the level of pest control will vary a great deal. This is particularly true of the new or well-established “softer” insecticides, where excellent coverage and multiple applications sometimes are required to achieve acceptable pest control.

Frequent reference is made to the statement, “Do not feed crop or crop residues to poultry, dairy, or meat animals.” It is known that when forage which bears residues of certain pesticides is fed to dairy or meat animals, there is a possibility that residues of these pesticides will appear in milk and animal tissue.

The pesticides suggested in the Vegetable Section of the handbook do not necessarily apply to vegetables grown in greenhouses nor for seed.