I remember reading back in the 1970s about the gypsy moth infestation that was killing trees all over the country. A series of photographs that I saw at the time, showed that as the moths were sprayed with insecticide, the gypsy moth population spread. Before spraying occurred, gypsy moth populations were small, but when the spraying occurred moth populations temporarily decreased in that area, but the population spread as the moths tried to get away from the poisonous spray areas. In addition, predators of the gypsy moth were killed off. In other words, the spray did not control the problem, the spray caused the problem. In addition, less resilient moths were killed off, but the moths that had some tolerance to the chemicals requiring more lethal chemicals to control the populations. See this photo about how the gypsy moth population has spread since 1900 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_moths_in_the_United_States
Chemicals are not only toxic to the insects but can but are also toxic to us. Insects can build a resistance to chemical controls, however, diatomaceous earth is not a chemical control, but a physical control rather than poisoning the insects, diatomaceous earth has tiny glass-like shards that cut and dry out insects. To learn more about diatomaceous earth in the garden, read my hubpages’ article why I use Diatomaceous Earth Around my House and Garden.http://hubpages.com/living/DEinhomeandgarden
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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church 1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm. As Author Cygnet Brown, she has published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.