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We are commercial growers and we have our produce tested for Adverse Pesticides, Yeast, Bacteria and Mold. Does Nuke Em® have any of these?

An excellent question. Nuke Em® pesticide is tested for 59 adverse chemical pesticides and their ingredients that are known to cause failed lab tests. We also test for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, yeast and mold. These tests will be posted on this website. Each batch of Nuke Em® will have its own testing. A batch number will be printed with every bottle and drum. The consumer will be able to match the batch number to the batch test results on the website. On the lab test, adverse pesticide ingredients will show pass or fail. Lab testing for bacteria, yeast and mold will show <1 cfu (less than one colony forming unit). This is as close to zero as we can get any lab to commit, so for all intents and purposes <1 cfu is zero.

The pesticide ingredients we test for are:

  • Abamectin (sum)
  • Acephate
  • Acequinocyl
  • Acetamiprid
  • Aldicarb
  • Azoxystrobin
  • Beta-Cyfluthrin
  • Bifenazate
  • Bifenthrin
  • Boscalid
  • Carbaryl 
  • Carbofuran 
  • Chlorantraniliprole 
  • Chlorfenapyr 
  • Chlorpyrifos 
  • Clofentezine 
  • Cypermethrin 
  • Daminozide 
  • Diazinon 
  • Dichlorvos 
  • Dimethoate 
  • Ethoprophos 
  • Etofenprox 
  • Etoxazole 
  • Fenoxycarb 
  • Fenpyroximate 
  • Fipronil 
  • Flonicamid 
  • Fludioxonil 
  • Hexythiazox 
  • Imazalil 
  • Imidacloprid 
  • Kresoxim-methyl 
  • Malathion 
  • Metalaxyl / Mefenoxam 
  • Methiocarb 
  • Methomyl 
  • Methyl Parathion 
  • MGK-264 
  • Myclobutanyl 
  • Naled 
  • Oxamyl 
  • Paclobutrazol 
  • Permethrin 
  • Phosmet 
  • Piperonyl butoxide 
  • Prallethrin 
  • Propiconazole 
  • Propoxur 
  • Pyrethrins 
  • Pyridaben 
  • Spinosad (Conserve)
  • Spiromesifen 
  • Spirotetramat 
  • Spiroxamine 
  • Tebuconazole 
  • Thiacloprid 
  • Thiamethoxam 
  • Trifloxystrobin 


What happened to Nuke Em's OMRI listing?

Flying Skull has upgraded the Nuke Em’s formula to include a OMRI listed organic ingredient (potassium salt of fatty acids) and a food grade ingredient (Sodium Benzoate). Sodium Benzoate is often used in wines and soda pop. It is the Sodium Benzoate that takes us out of the OMRI listed organic realm. We are currently in the process of asking the USDA to approve Sodium Benzoate in organic pesticides as they did with another ingredient, Potassium Sorbate. Potassium Sorbate is also used in food production around the world.

We could have easily added the Sodium Benzoate to our formula without mentioning it and no one would be the wiser. However, that is not who we are. We are the guys that constantly push the envelope to manufacture better products. We do not put lipstick on a pig or polish turds like many of our competitors.

OMRI has been notified of the ingredient change and withdrew our listing. We expect to have the OMRI listing back once the USDA approves the food grade Sodium Benzoate for pesticide use in organic farming.

So why did we add Sodium Benzoate? Well, that's a good question. Having been in this industry for over 30 years, I am sure that you have used many of my products and inventions in the past under different names and companies. I would like to think of myself as in tune with the industry; always trying to keep from stumbling in front of national news and government officials that wait anxiously to find anything to squash any continued advancement. I found that many growers were failing lab tests from improper pesticides, bacteria and mildew. Most of the bacteria and Powdery Mildew problems was due to improper sanitary procedures. Adding Sodium Benzoate to Nuke Em eliminated much of self-induced lab failing.

So, this is the story whether you like it or not, the truth be told.

Should I add a wetting agent to Nuke Em®?

It is important for you to look at the leaves carefully to make sure that the Nuke Em® is completely covering the leaf surface. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds and they will shed the Nuke Em® formula. This will prevent the leaf from getting 100% coverage. If it doesn’t look like Nuke Em® is penetrating through dust and dirt or the leaf surface doesn’t get an even coat, add our wetting agent Spread Coat. Spread Coat does a great job of allowing Nuke Em® to penetrate deep into nooks and crannies of plant material where pests hide. Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

I have a big infestation of Broad Mites and Spider Mites. What are my options?

When the instructions for use on the Nuke Em® label were written, much care was taken to make sure no harm would come to fragile, delicate or weak plants. More information is now available for more robust plants and plants under extreme attack. These MODIFIED applications come from customer feedback. These steps will help the plant recover quickly from the initial insect attack and stress from insecticide applications.

IMPORTANT: It is important for you to look at a leaf carefully to make sure that the Nuke Em® is completely covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest the use of our wetting agent, Spread Coat. It will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds and will shed the Nuke Em® formula.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

Before you spray flush the plant site with Z7 treated water and/or Spread Coat. We recommend twice the amount of water than what the container holds in media but more water is always better; this includes plants grown in hydroponics. Wait and check to see if the flush was done properly. Here’s how: If you have a one gallon container pour 16 ounces of water across the top of the soil or growing medium (1/8th the amount of water to the total amount of soil) and catch the runoff for testing. You want to see this PPM number no more than 100 PPM above what your virgin water PPM. If it’s not, flush again. The use of Flying Skull’s Z7 in the water at the time of the flush, and continued use afterward, would benefit the plants greatly. Wait one hour before applying Nuke Em® to make sure the plant is fully hydrated.

Learn more about how plants feed and feeding information in the grower’s manual that comes with Flying Skull's Elite Plant Food line.

Help!! My harvest failed powdery mildew lab testing. What can I do?

Nuke Em® has been used successfully after harvest to kill mold, mildew and bugs so that the produce will pass lab testing.

When you fail a test, there is generally a good reason. Go here to learn more about testing: http://flyingskull.net/Dnld/LI-150811-115B.pdf

Application to treat Powdery Mildew after harvest: Soak the produce with Nuke Em®. If the mold and mildew go all the way from the outside of the bud into the inner core/stem, then you will need to get Nuke Em® all the way down into it. Nuke Em® must touch the powdery mold/mildew to kill it.

First send in a small batch of produce into the lab for testing to make sure you killed all the mold. If you pass continue your application regiment. If you don't pass, you will need more of the Nuke Em® to do the job or use better application techniques.

Flying Skull highly recommends the use of Nuke Em® as a maintenance spray; consider it as part of the cost of doing business. Unfortunately, many times we hear from growers after it’s too late. Nuke Em® must kill the powdery mildew to relieve the grower’s stress.

When we talk to growers about them using Nuke Em® as a maintenance spray, most say they never get mold, mildew and bugs if they consistently make weekly applications. Every grower gets pests; it’s how you manage them that makes all the difference in the world.

When used weekly throughout the entire grow cycle and just before harvest, powdery mildew and molds are unlikely to happen during the drying process. Companies using Nuke Em® along with Spread Coat as a maintenance spray never seem to miss a beat or a harvest deadline.

How is your research going on broad mite control?

Flying Skull is constantly considering new and creative ways to improve your success in pest management. We have introduced Spread Coat wetting agent. Use it to help the spray cover the leaf and penetrate nooks, crannies and hiding spots. Spread Coat has proven to be a great add-on companion to Nuke Em®.

Nuke Em® has been found effective in eradicating Broad mites but it is important to realize that that these little guys are a challenge to kill. You must completely cover them with spray. This is where Spread Coat comes in as a companion to Nuke Em®. It will increase the contact time of Nuke Em® and help to penetrate nooks and crannies of the plant where the Broad mites hide. You will need three applications of Nuke Em® if you are in infestation stage; each application can be on the same day if you let each application dry before you apply the next spray.

Nuke Em® along with Spread Coat should be used as a preventative or maintenance spray. A weekly application of the standard strength really works well for our commercial and greenhouse growers. In some reports coming from our outdoor growers, maintenance sprays at 0.5 ounces to 31.5 ounces of water applied weekly kept the growers from having powdery mildew in areas that were prone to attack. 0.5 ounces of Nuke Em® to 31.5 ounces of water is also a good deterrent for broad mites.

One gallon of Nuke Em® at 0.5 ounces of concentrate to 31.5 ounces of water will yield 64 gallons of ready to use spray at about $2.75 per gallon. If the 0.5 to 31.5 ratio is not working use a stronger strength. The use of Spread Coat will help in reducing the amount of Nuke Em® you use and allow a decrease in Nuke Em® strength while still getting the job done.

How did I get powdery mildew and what can I do about it?

Powdery Mildew and bacterial contamination happens when growing areas have:

  • High Humidity: High humidity occurs when your lighting goes OFF and temperatures drop, causing the moisture to fall out of the air and onto your plants. Powdery Mildew thrives in high mold/dust environments. Inadequate air flow around the plants, humidity from the growing medium, as well as transpiration are all ways water forms on the leaves.
  • Leaves touching: Leaves covering one another can cause water to be trapped due to transpiration.
  • Leaf sprays that do not dry completely: Using a leaf spray that does not rinse away mold spores can be counterproductive, and actually aid the mildew to continue growing. 

Applying leaf sprays that contain powdery mildew and bacteria happens far too often. Be very careful when spraying any product that contain even the slightest amount of sugar. Sugar will almost never be on the label as an ingredient. Products like Yucca may contain sugar that organisms will feed on.

When the instructions for use on the Nuke Em® label were written, much care was taken to make sure no harm would come to fragile, delicate or weak plants. More information is now available for more robust plants. Because Nuke Em® is a contact killer, it is very important that Nuke Em® touches every mite and egg. Even in the best conditions with careful applications it is very hard get complete coverage on the first spray. Growers are reporting to us that they have had good luck with these MODIFIED applications.

MODIFIED APPLICATION 1 (Three applications on day one)

We recommend the use of Spread Coat to help Nuke Em® stick to the leaves.

DAY ONE: Apply one application at strong strength. Wait until it dries. Spray a second application at strong strength. Wait for it to dry. Spray a third application at strong strength. (Three applications on the same day).

DAY THREE: Spray one strong strength application.

DAY SIX: Spray one strong strength application. Check for any signs of insects in the following days.

MODIFIED APPLICATION 2 (Two applications on day one) 

We recommend the use of Spread Coat to help Nuke Em® stick to the leaves.

DAY ONE: Apply one application at strong strength. Wait until it dries. Then spray a second application at strong strength. (Two applications on the same day).

DAY THREE: Spray one strong strength application.

DAY SIX: Spray one strong strength application. Check for any signs of insects in the following days.

MODIFIED APPLICATION 3 (Two applications on day one and day three)

We recommend the use of Spread Coat to help Nuke Em® stick to the leaves.

DAY ONE: Apply one application at strong strength. Wait until it dries. Then spray a second application at strong strength. (Two applications on the same day).

DAY THREE: Apply one application at strong strength. Wait until it dries. Then spray a second application at strong strength. (Two applications on the same day).

DAY SIX: Spray one strong strength application. Check for any signs of insects in the following days.

What kind of sprayer do you recommend?

Good question! Let’s face it, most sprayers or atomizers on the market work not so good. Backpack sprayers are heavy and their spray pattern is poor at best. Atomizer type sprayers blow the leaves in such a fashion that it’s hard to get an even coating of insecticide and most of the Nuke Em® goes into the air. However, if you are going to spray just one or two small plants a hand-held pump sprayer should work for you. We suggest you use our wetting agent, Spread Coat, to help coat the leaf and stem in a proper manner.

If you’re going to spray more than a few plants you might want to use a powered paint sprayer. You can find hand-held paint sprayers that do a good job of laying down a nice even coat. The Wagner power painter or paint sprayers from Harbor Freight with an orifice designed to spray lacquer paint are very nice. They are a little noisy and the weight of the painter can get tiring after a while.

If you have larger plants and or a lot of them, airless paint sprayers from Graco with an orifice #515 is a crowd pleaser. These are the sprayers that you see being used when someone comes paint your house. You have the ability add extensions to the spray gun in multiple feet so you can spray leaves way up high or get up into the inside of the plant. These types of sprayers have super lightweight spray guns and hoses. The hoses come in 25 and 50 foot lengths which really make it easy on your arms and back. I have not had a single company express regret for adding this type of sprayer to their tool shed, not one! In fact, in a conversation about pest management one greenhouse tech started to show happy tears while she was demonstrating her new sprayer to me. She could spray all day without her back and arms hurting. It’s the little things in life, right?

The real beauty with these professional airless spray guns is that fact that they are designed to lay down an extremely even coat of paint on a surface day after day. When Nuke Em® is sprayed on the leaves like that it is truly a thing of beauty. And, since the spray flow is so easy to regulate you don’t lose half of what you’re spraying on plants three rows over or spraying into the sky or onto hot lighting equipment. Those growers who switch to airless sprayers and use our wetting agent, Spread Coat, reduce the amount of Nuke Em® on average by 30%.

How’s that for reducing the cost of pesticide management!

One more thing would be good to mention here. Nuke Em® is a great product but if you don’t get a good even coverage over the leaves and stems, you won’t get the results you are expecting.

Can Nuke Em® be applied to buds and blooms?

Yes. Nuke Em® has been used to eradicate insects and control mold and mildew after the plants have been harvested and are in the drying process. We have not heard of any negative results when Nuke Em® was sprayed on bud clusters, flowers or petals. No ill effects to the taste, smell and looks of produce. If you do need to spray just before or after harvest we would recommend, spraying a small area of your plants, wait for Nuke Em® to dry and make your determination then. Let's put it this way, Nuke Em® is the only insecticide/fungicide in the world you would ever want to spray on your produce after harvest! :) At this writing we are considering the option to manufacture a product to prevent mold and kill pests after harvest. It will be the same Nuke Em® formula only the label will read differently. However, we are so busy right now trying to fill orders it will not be available for a while.

Use the Normal dose for spraying in bloom or after bloom.

Will Nuke Em® hurt my plant's resale value or leave them sticky and smelly like other insecticides?

NO and NO. Nuke Em® will not leave a plant sticky with petroleum, heavy oils, detergent or pyrethrin. That’s because we don’t use them in our formulation. It is those types of ingredients that lower the value and sales of the finished produce!

No matter what the insecticide manufacturer says, the petroleum, heavy oils, pyrethrin and chemical detergents in their formulation affects the taste and smell of the finished produce. For instance, peppermint oil is the prime ingredient used in candy canes and along with sugar you get that candy cane flavor. Rose or flower oil is used in the making of perfume. Are you getting the idea here? If you sucked a on a candy cane and smeared it on the back of your hand, your skin would taste and smell like a candy cane. It is the oil you smell. Oils, no matter how organic and wonderful they are, devalue the plant material because it throws the taste and aroma of the produce off. Customers want to smell and taste the plant in its natural state.

To make matters worse, to get the oil to be soluble in water, manufacturers use a detergent. This combination gives the insecticide a milky color. Nuke Em® is made without chemical detergents or heavy oils.

Do I have to water the plants before using Nuke Em®?

YES. Watering potted plants before spraying, whether grown in soil or hydro, is very important no matter what brand of insecticide/fungicide you use. If plant food has been slowly building up in your soil, soilless or hydroponic growing medium, watering will help the plant recover from the stress of nutrient/water lockup. It will also help hydrate the plants and prepare them for the Nuke Em® treatment while easing their stress from the initial insect or mold attack promoting a speedy recovery. Use Z7 and/or Spread Coat to help dislodge salts from soil particles. Water to the point of good run off from the pot. Try to wait for an hour to allow the plant to hydrate and translocate water to the leaves. Water field grown plants if it is easy to do, otherwise this step can be omitted. Be a pro gardener and use every trick in the book to be successful!

Pro Growers Note: Insects and powdery mildew are often signs of root zone problems. Start using Z7 now! Z7 will help strengthen your plant so it will be easier to get it back on track from pest attack. Plants that are subjected to extended periods of stress won't produce to your expectations. It is our estimation that over 80% of the growers who have insect and powdery mildew problems are fighting root zone issues! You need to start using Z7 anyway, so why not now when you really need Z7 most.

Important tips for leaf applications: It is important for you to look at a leaf carefully to make sure that Nuke Em® is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em® cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds; they can shed the Nuke Em® formula.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

It is recommended Nuke Em® be sprayed when intense HID lights are turned down or the intense HID lights are at least 10 feet above the plant canopy. LED/LEC or Fluorescent lighting does not need to be turned OFF or down.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

How do I use Nuke Em® with predatory insects?

For those who use predatory insects to defend your garden, Nuke Em® is a great choice to use as a knockdown treatment for runaway infestations before the release of predatory insects. This information was given to us by several businesses who sell predatory insects. Predatory insects are great for guarding gardens if their numbers are in proportion to the incoming waves of invading insects.

The monetary cost of introducing enough predatory insects to solve a full-blown infestation before the plants are beyond rescue is overwhelming. There is no sense in purchasing predatory insects and applying them to the growing area if they don't have a good chance to succeed in their mission. This is where Nuke Em® really shines. Once Nuke Em® has dried it will not harm the predatory insects.

Because Nuke Em® kills the invading insect’s eggs, the predatory insects have a much better chance of gaining complete control over the garden, greenhouse or field. Treat the area with Nuke Em® first. After Nuke Em® dries, add the predatory insects. Nuke Em® does not know the difference between a good bug and a bad bug; using Nuke Em® after the release of predatory insect will cause all insects to die.

IMPORTANT: Inspect the leaves carefully to make sure that the Nuke Em® is covering 100% of the leaf surface. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em® cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion while allowing Nuke Em® to penetrate deep into nooks and crannies where the pests are hiding. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds. They will shed the Nuke Em® formula; Spread Coat will help with issue.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may need to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get full coverage.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

Once I add the Nuke Em® concentrate to water, how long do I have to use it?

When you mix the Nuke Em® with water, apply it that day. Remember that you must shake the concentrate bottle thoroughly before making the diluted ready to use spray/dip. Some of the active ingredients will settle to the bottom of the bottle and they must be mixed well to make sure you are using even applications.

Remember: Nuke Em® adds no heavy oils (petroleum or plant based) or chemical detergents to its formula. These products slow plant growth and make them taste and smell bad. Nuke Em® is all around better at protecting your investment! Better at insect control, better at powdery mildew control and won't alter the taste and smell of the produce so it won't lower the value of the produce! Nuke Em® is your best choice!!

IMPORTANT: It is important to look at the leaves carefully to make sure that the Nuke Em® is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest that you purchase our wetting agent, Spread Coat. It will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds and they will shed the Nuke Em® formula. Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

I was given some plants. Should they be sprayed before I bring them into my greenhouse?

YES. However, these plants are very young and delicate so you must use your best judgment and proceed from there. We suggest you use the Nuke Em® at standard strength with Spread Coat added first. Try it on one or two plants to see the effects. Make sure the plants are watered well before spraying. Turn intense, high-powered HID lighting down. Plants growing in fluorescent, LED, or LEC lighting do not need their lighting to be turned down.

If the plants are small, Clone Guard may be a better choice as it was specifically formulated as a barrier for small plants. Clone Guard is not a pesticide; it is a barrier. It won't let insects have access to the leaf.

IMPORTANT: Look at a leaf carefully to make sure that the Nuke Em® is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat. It will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds; they will shed the Nuke Em® formula. Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

If I get Nuke Em® on me, will it hurt me?

Nuke Em® will not hurt you unless you are allergic to one of its ingredients. Look at the label to determine if you have allergies to citrus or bread.

As a matter of fact, Nuke Em® is most likely the least toxic insecticide and fungicide on Earth! That's because we don't put bad stuff in our formula. Nuke Em® is being tested to treat children’s head lice. We kill the head lice but the people who treat these children daily really appreciate Nuke Em® being contact friendly.

You bring up a great point that every person who has an immune system disease should think about. You are what you consume. If insecticides/fungicides get sprayed on the leaves and fruit, you will end up consuming them. So, what you consume will affect your body in some way. Those with cancer rely on their immune system to fight off the disease. Products that make you sick on a micro level can reduce your body’s ability to keep the illness in check. If you’re ill, switch to organic or naturally grown foods. They will be free of carcinogenic elements and compounds and give your body the fighting chance it needs to restore your health.

Heavy oils, chemical compounds, petroleum distillates and strong detergents are commonly found in other pesticides on the market. Every ingredient should be listed on the label. Be wary of the statement “inert ingredients” as you should be the judge as to just how inert they are. Plant washes are not required to list all the ingredients. Usually they don't list them for a reason. Can you think of a reason they wouldn't list them?

Nuke Em® is truly unique; most of the ingredients you would find in a loaf of bread. We are very happy to produce a product that works very well on insects and mildew and is also safe to use around our friends and neighbors who are ill.

ALERT! Did you know that Pyrethrins are now considered carcinogenic? Pyrethrins do not break down readily. This means you are exposed to cancer causing chemicals over the long term. It's not in anyone's best interest to consume products treated with Pyrethrins. Check the label on the insecticide you currently use now!

Pyrethrins Carcinogenic Link: www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC34291

How can I tell if oil or strong chemical detergents are in my current insecticides?

You can always tell when a manufacturer uses oil in their formula; the color of the base formula is milky in appearance whether it is colored or white. The same holds true when you add the concentrate to water. The combination of oil and detergent make that milky color and texture. It is milky in appearance because the oil needs a strong, oil-loving detergent to make it water soluble. Otherwise the oil would sit on top of the water, just as it does when you mix up oil and vinegar dressing for your salad.

For fun, and to see for yourself, mix one teaspoon of cooking/baking oil, one teaspoon of dish detergent and one teaspoon of water to a clear glass. Did your solution get milky? Products that are being sold as an insecticide or fungicide may not state clearly on the label that they use oils and strong detergents. They will use product names that mean the same thing; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate for instance. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate sounds better than detergent especially when the manufacturer is trying to portray their product to be natural or pure.

Here's another fun experiment. Mix up Nuke Em® per directions and some other oil- and detergent-based insecticide per directions. Spray each one on a clear piece of glass or plastic and let them dry. You will see a film from the oil/detergent based insecticide but not from Nuke Em®. Spray multiple layers and now you can write your name in the oil/detergent film. This film clogs the air passage ways and photon cells of the leaf causing the plant to slow its growth; not to mention alter taste with oil and detergent.

Can I increase the strength of Nuke Em®?

When the instructions for use on the Nuke Em® label were written, much care was taken to make sure no harm would come to fragile, delicate or weak plants. More information is now available for more robust plants.

Because Nuke Em® is a contact killer, it is very important that Nuke Em® contacts every mite and egg. Even in the best conditions with careful applications it is very hard get complete coverage on the first spray. In most cases the instructions on the bottle will work great for most leaf dwelling insects. However, when you get an infestation you might have to step it up a little.

IMPORTANT: While it is not necessary, it is recommended to rinse all other insecticides and fungicides off leaves before applying Nuke Em®. A good way to do this is to use fresh water. An even more effective way to do this is use water treated with Spread Coat (1-2 tsp per gallon) before applying Nuke Em®. Wait until the leaves are dry before spraying Nuke Em®.

It will be important for you to look at a leaf carefully to make sure that Nuke Em® is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest you use our wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Leaves and insects may have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds and can shed the Nuke Em® formula and reduce the contact time.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of dirt and dust. You may need to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

  1. Flush the growing medium until the water coming from the pot matches the PPM/EC of your water supply. Only a PPM/TDS/EC meter can tell you this. If you don't have access to a hand-held EC/PPM meter, flush your plants very well and wait one hour before applying Nuke Em®. The use of Z7 in the flush water, and continued use afterward, would be of great benefit to the plants. 
  2. You can spray Nuke Em® three times in one day; just allow the Nuke Em® to dry before applying the next spray. This is quite effective for Broad Mite eradication.
  3. Make another application on days 3 and 6. Depending on the severity of the infestation, sprays can be done multiple times on these days as well.
  4. Always carry a bottle of diluted Nuke Em® around when you are around the plants for spot spraying; if it looks like mildew or insects, spray it.
  5. Use Nuke Em® once a week as a preventative spray.
  6. We recommend spraying Nuke Em® when intense HID lights are turned down or the intense HID lights are at least 10 feet above the plant canopy. LED/LEC or Fluorescent lighting does not need to be turned OFF or down. 
  7. Use Spread Coat wetting agent to make sure you have a good coating.

Growers are reporting to us that they have had good luck with these MODIFIED applications. These applications ended all signs of insect and powdery mildew infestations.

MODIFIED APPLICATION 1 (Three applications on day one)

DAY ONE: Apply one application at strong strength. Wait until it dries. Then spray a second application at strong strength. Wait for it to dry. Spray a third application at strong strength. (Three applications on the same day)

DAY THREE: Apply one application at strong strength.

DAY SIX: Apply one application at strong strength. Check for any signs of insects in the following days.

Use Spread Coat wetting agent.

MODIFIED APPLICATION 2 (Two applications on day one)

DAY ONE: Apply one application at strong strength. Wait until it dries. Then spray a second application at strong strength. (Two applications on the same day)

DAY THREE: Apply one application at strong strength.

DAY SIX: Apply one application at strong strength. Check for any signs of insects in the following days.

Use Spread Coat wetting agent.

MODIFIED APPLICATION 3 (Two applications on day one and day three)

DAY ONE: Apply one application at strong strength. Wait until it dries. Then spray a second application at strong strength. (Two applications on the same day).

DAY THREE: Apply one application at strong strength. Wait until it dries. Then spray a second application at strong strength. (Two applications on the same day).

DAY SIX: Apply one application at strong strength. Check for any signs of insects in the following days.

Use Spread Coat wetting agent.

What are the most important things to do when using Nuke Em®?

You must shake the bottle for 15-30 seconds before mixing Nuke Em® with water. When you shake the bottle, turn it upside down and right side up as you shake. You must shake the concentrated and the ready to use form. SHAKE THE BOTTLE. The use of our wetting agent, Spread Coat, helps Nuke Em® to cover the leaf. You may wind up using less Nuke Em® as well.

Make sure the growing medium of the potted plants is flushed thoroughly before spraying. This will help plants hydrate if you have been over feeding them, causing the insect invasion in the first place.

Commercial/Pro Growers Note: To check to see if then plant's growing medium is truly flushed, the last of the run-off coming from the pot should be tested with a PPM meter; it should match the PPM of the water supply you are using. Then you know it's truly flushed.

Turn down high intensity HID lighting if it is less than 8 feet above the plant canopy. You don’t have to turn down LED/LEC lamps. 

If multiple applications of Nuke Em® are done on the same day, wait for Nuke Em® to dry before making the next application. Use our Spread Coat wetting agent.

IMPORTANT: It is important for you to look at a leaf carefully to make sure that the Nuke Em® is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat. It will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds and they will shed the Nuke Em® formula. Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

Root Drench with Nuke Em®

Many growers have seen benefit if they adjust the pH of the diluted Nuke Em® to the same pH of the soil or hydroponic nutrient before soaking the growing medium. Do this on one plant and observe before you treat all of the plants. Use our wetting agent, Spread Coat, to uniformly coat all of the soil including deep inside the root ball.

I have a family member that is sick. Will Nuke Em® affect the human immune system?

NO. Nuke Em® was formulated to be very kind to those who are sick or allergic to common chemical pesticides. Nuke Em® is made of ingredients normally found in a loaf of bread. The small amount left on the leaves will not hurt you. You can handle Nuke Em® without fear of your immune system being adversely affected.

Nuke Em®'s formulation does not use the heavy oils, chemical detergents or petroleum distillates that are normally found in so called healthy or non-toxic insecticides/fungicides. Nuke Em® leaves very little detergent residue on the plant.

Nuke Em® uses citric acid in the formula. Make sure there is no food allergies associated to eating or touching fruit before using Nuke Em®.

IMPORTANT: Carefully inspect leaves to make sure that Nuke Em® is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat; it will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds; they will shed the Nuke Em® formula. Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get full coverage.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

I don't care how natural your product is I don't want any residue left on my leaves. Can I rinse it OFF after spraying?

Yes. You can always rinse it off after you have determined the infestation is under control. However, you may not get the same results if you wash it off after each application. Some of Nuke Em®'s effectiveness relies on the formula becoming more concentrated on the insect as you make additional applications. When washing Nuke Em® off the plant you will want to make sure that you killed them before you wash. We highly recommend the use of Spread Coat to help Nuke Em® get into all the nooks and crannies where the pests are hiding and increase contact time.  

One method you can try is to make three applications on the same day. Some customers have done this and said they had good results. They sprayed one application and let it dry; sprayed a second time and let it dry followed by the final application and let it dry. After the final application was dry, they rinsed it off. If you choose this method, you must be sure the plant can handle the extra shock of three applications in one day. Try it on one plant and see before you try it on all the plants.

We don't suggest rinsing it off when you are treating for mildew or mold. For molds and mildew you can spray at a reduced rate or only one time if you see the mold's growth stopped and its spread halted. Once you see the mold stop spreading you can rinse it off the leaves.

IMPORTANT: Carefully examine leaves to make sure that the Nuke Em® is completely covering the leaf surface. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat; It will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds; they will shed the Nuke Em® formula.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

Can I use Nuke Em® as a leaf rinse? Will it help my plants from getting infested?

YES! And a darn smart idea it is too! Nuke Em® can be used to rinse plants of unwanted mold spores, insects, dirt and dust. A rinse every week will do absolute wonders for your plants. The very nature of a medicated rinse will keep your chances of getting bugs or mildew on the plants very low. Rinse all plants with Nuke Em® before you bring them into your garden as they might be harboring insects and mildew or mold. By adding the Spread Coat wetting agent to the Nuke Em®, you will be able to cut through layers of dust and dirt and increase Nuke Em®’s contact time with the pests.

Treating your plants three times with Nuke Em® will kill both insects and powdery mildew. A rinse using a mild strength dilution every 3 to 4 days really helps also. 

Powdery mildew seems to happen when growing areas have:

  • High Humidity. High humidity occurs when your lighting goes OFF and temperatures drop causing the moisture to fall out of the air and onto your plants. 
  • Inadequate air flow around the plants. Humidity coming from the growing medium along with the plant's release of water through transpiration will allow water to form on the leaves. 
  • Leaves touching one another. Should a leaf cover another leaf, water from the transpiration process can be trapped.
  • Leaf sprays that do not dry completely. Using a leaf spray that does not rinse away mold spores can be hazardous.

If there are mold spores and dust on the leaves, you become a powdery mildew farmer.

We recommend spraying Nuke Em® when intense HID lights are turned down or the intense HID lights are at least 10 feet above the plant canopy. LED/LEC or Fluorescent lighting does not need to be turned OFF or down. 

IMPORTANT: It will be important for you to look at a leaf carefully to make sure that Nuke Em® is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds; they will shed the Nuke Em® formula. Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of deposited dirt. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipes would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

How can I use Nuke Em® as a spider mite preventative?

To keep plants free from parasites, we recommend using Nuke Em® at standard strength once a week. Double-ended High Pressure Sodium lighting (intense-heat producing HID lighting) should be at least 8 feet above the plants or turned down to its lowest wattage before spraying Nuke Em®. LED, LEC, and fluorescent lighting do not need to be turned down before spraying. You can spray the growing area walls and floors between harvests as well. The use of Flying Skull’s wetting agent Spread Coat will be of great benefit. 

For those who use predatory insects to defend your garden, Nuke Em® is a great choice to use as a first knockdown treatment for infestations prior to the release of predatory insects. Predatory insects are great for protecting gardens if predatory numbers are proportionate to pest numbers. The monetary cost of introducing enough predatory insects to eradicate an infestation before the plants are beyond rescue ends up being quite expensive. Once dried, Nuke Em® will not harm the predatory insects. Since Nuke Em® kills the invading insect’s eggs, the predatory insects have a much better chance of gaining complete control over the garden, greenhouse or field.

Treat the area with Nuke Em® first. After Nuke Em® has dried, add the predatory insects. Nuke Em® does not know the difference between a good bug and a bad bug; they all will die.

IMPORTANT: Full leaf coverage is vital, so be sure to inspect leaves following application to ensure 100% coverage. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in a more consistent manner. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds, causing shedding of the Nuke Em® formula.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat required to allow Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaves and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

Strong Strength Nuke Em®: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

In between Strength Nuke Em®: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

Standard Strength Nuke Em®: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

Why do you say that you can use Nuke Em® on walls and floors?

Insects, fungus and powdery mildew can be on everything in the garden. So, it only makes sense to use Nuke Em® where it will do the best job and that is pretty much everywhere. You can use Nuke Em® to help clean hydro systems before they go into operation. Always rinse hydroponic parts with water before placing them into operation. 

We have found that Nuke Em® makes a great spray cleanser/insecticide; even better if you add the Spread Coat wetting agent. Simply add 1-2 ounces of Nuke Em® to a quart spray bottle, fill with water to the 32 ounce line and add ½ tsp Spread Coat.

For mopping floors, add 1 ounce of Nuke Em® and 1-2 tsp of Spread Coat per gallon of water. 

Does Nuke Em® kill instantly?

YES and NO. Young spider mites die rather quickly but the older, stronger, adult spider mites may live up to 24 hours before dying from Nuke Em®'s effects. Make no mistake, they will die. Spider mite eggs won't hatch. Aphids never move after an application of Nuke Em® until they dry up and fall off leaves and stems. Whiteflies and their eggs will die within a few hours of application.

Spraying three applications on the same day really helps with major infestations of broad mites. Wait until Nuke Em® dries before applying another coat. Don't forget to flush the growing medium thoroughly before applying Nuke Em®.

Important tips for leaf applications: Examine leaves carefully to ensure that Nuke Em® is completely covering the leaf surface. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds; they may shed the Nuke Em® formula. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

We recommend spraying Nuke Em® when intense HID lights are turned down or are at least 10 feet above the plant canopy. LED/LEC or Fluorescent lighting does not need to be turned OFF or down. 

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

What should I do before spraying Nuke Em® on potted plants?

Basic Instructions of use:

  1. Flush the growing media well with fresh water to the point of saturation and run-off. This is done to remove any excess fertilizer or insecticide from the soil. An overfed plant will not be able to fend off insects and mildew.
  2. Indoor Gardeners Turn down high intensity HID main lighting if it is lower than 8 feet above the plant canopy. Outdoor gardeners spray just before sundown or just after sunup.

IMPORTANT: Carefully examine a leaf to make sure that the Nuke Em® is completely covering the leaf’s surface. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat. It will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds and they will shed the Nuke Em® formula. Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

Can I add Nuke Em® directly to the growing media?

Read more about how Nuke Em® is being used to kill Root Aphids. I heard Nuke Em® kills Root Aphids safely and effectively. If so, how do I do it? Remember to use Spread Coat to help Nuke Em® penetrate the soil.

Will the run-off from the Nuke Em® spray hurt the plant if it gets into the pot?

NO. We have seen no problems related to drips and over spray. Follow the label directions you should be just fine.

Can I use Nuke Em® in a hydroponic system or soil to kill insects?

Yes, but there are several things to know first.

When do I drench the roots/growing media with Nuke Em®?

Root drenches with Nuke Em® should be done after plants are fully hydrated with a clear water flush. Applying root drenches in the lights OFF cycle is recommended.

How long should Nuke Em® be in contact with the roots/growing media?

Generally speaking, the length of time should be between 1 hour and 4 hours. The least amount of time Nuke Em® is in the growing medium, the better. For soil applications, use Spread Coat wetting agent to help penetrate the soil. This will help quite a bit. Try the 1 hour drench time on one plant first to see if it was enough to get the job done. If not, then try a longer contact time. Rinse Nuke Em® from the roots/growing medium before the lights come ON. Drenching is best done before a nutrient tank change.

Some root systems are simply not as strong as others so we should take care in not hurting them. Longer drench times, more than 4 hours, may be done if the plants allow it. For longer contact times, try Nuke Em® on one plant to see how it does. If it does well, then you’re OK.

What is the suggested dose for root drenches?

The dose of Nuke Em® should be 1 ounce of Nuke Em® to 31 ounces of water. 2 ounces of Nuke Em® to 30 ounces of water may be used only if the standard strength does not work. Always try stronger doses on one plant to check for adverse effects. If it does well, then you're OK. Use the Spread Coat wetting agent to make sure the Nuke Em® penetrates all the way into the root ball.

How often should I drench?

Plants are in a delicate and unfavorable situation when they are being attacked by insects. Drench as few times as it takes to kill the root infestation. Wait three days before another application. Watch plants closely for ill effects. Stop using Nuke Em® if plants are visibly distressed.

Should I spray Nuke Em® on top of other insecticides?

Yes and No!

It might be a good idea to spray the plants down with Flying Skull’s wetting agent Spread Coat to wash any potentially problematic insecticides off the plants and allow the plants to dry before making your Nuke Em® application. We don’t find there is much negative reaction from Nuke Em® being sprayed over the top of other insecticides unless the plant is dehydrated from too much fertilizer in the soil and irregular and poor water applications. Plants that are dehydrated will bring insecticides into the leaf if they can’t get water through the roots. Always flush the growing media of planters well before applying Nuke Em®. 

IMPORTANT: Carefully examine the leaves to make sure that Nuke Em® is completely covering the leaf’s surface. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat. It will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds and they will shed the Nuke Em® formula. Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

I heard Nuke Em® kills Root Aphids safely and effectively. If so, how do I do it?

Our on-going Root Aphid test show Nuke Em® does a great job of eliminating this pest. Thanks to all who participated in our trials.

Here is how we go about killing Root Aphids for Hydroponic and Soil growers. Try this on one plant just to make sure the strength of the Nuke Em® is not too much for your plant variety. Wait two days, take a close look, if OK then proceed with the rest of the plants. Log your information for the next time you or your friends get Root Aphids.

Soil Growers:

  1. Mix up enough Nuke Em® to saturate the growing medium. Use the regular strength of Nuke Em® which is 1 ounce Nuke Em® to 31 ounces of water. Use Spread Coat at 1-2 tsp per gallon of water to help Nuke Em® penetrate the soil.
  2. Adjust the pH of the Nuke Em® dilute to the target soil pH you have established for your plant variety.
  3. Turn main lighting OFF and use low supplemental lighting to see. For best results, do this at the beginning of the light OFF cycle.
  4. Slowly pour Nuke Em®/Spread Coat mix into the soil. There is a space or pocket just under the main stem that harbors many Root Aphids and is most likely the main habitat for the colony. In an outdoor environment, this pocket is protected from rain or runoff. This will be a hard area to treat unless you take the time to slowly and carefully pour around the stem where it meets the soil. Work out from there making sure the soil is totally drenched.
  5. Nuke Em® needs to be in contact with the Root Aphids for at least 1 hour. Longer contact times in the root zone, multiple hours or overnight, is advisable if the plant can handle it. Before the lights turn ON, rinse the growing media well. Always test a plant from each strain or plant type before applying to all the plants.

This procedure will kill the colony. It may take two applications but it’s not a bad idea to do 2 applications just to make sure the Nuke Em® came in contact with all of the Root Aphids.

Hydroponics Growers:

  1. Mix up enough Nuke Em® to saturate the growing medium. Use our Spread Coat wetting agent to help Nuke Em® penetrate the soil and root ball. Use the strong strength of Nuke Em® which is 2 ounces Nuke Em® to 30 ounces of water.
  2. Adjust the pH of the Nuke Em® dilute to your target nutrient pH.
  3. Turn main lighting OFF and use low supplemental lighting to see. This is best done at the beginning of the light OFF cycle.
  4. Slowly pour Nuke Em® into the hydroponic growing media. There is a space or pocket just under the main stem that harbors many Root Aphids and is most likely the main habitat for the colony. Normally in an outdoor environment this pocket is protected from rain or runoff. This will be a hard area to treat unless you take the time to slowly and carefully pour around the stem where it meets the growing media. Work out from there making sure the growing media is totally drenched.
  5. Nuke Em® needs to be in contact with the Root Aphids for 1 hour. Letting it sit longer (multiple hours) is preferred but should be done only if prior testing was done on a single plant to make sure the plant responded well. Before the lights turn ON, rinse Nuke Em® from the growing media and hydro system.

Deep water culture systems may need a slightly different procedure for treatment. Drain the system and let the plants drip free of nutrient. Take a bucket and fill it with diluted Nuke Em® at standard strength. Dip the plant and growing media into the bucket of diluted and pH adjusted Nuke Em® (adjust Nuke Em® dilute to the target pH of your nutrient solution). Submerge it long enough for all growing media to be saturated. Pull the plant out, let the root ball and medium drain and place it back into the hydro system. The entire system needs to be flushed before turning ON main lighting systems using intense HID lamps. This procedure will clear dead adult, juvenile and larvae from the hydroponic system.

Usually one application is enough. If a second application is needed it's because Nuke Em® didn't come in contact with all the Root Aphids. If at all possible, use the Spread Coat wetting agent. It works great to get them the first time.

Should I spray when the lights are OFF or when they're ON?

This issue is now debatable. Most of our customers have said they have seen no harm spraying when the lights were ON. You can try spraying Nuke Em® when HID lights are ON but you should do it on one plant only and check for any possible problems.

This writer/grower sprays Nuke Em® when high intensity fluorescent lighting is ON without any mishap ever. So, you don’t need to turn down or off any LED/LEC light systems to spray Nuke Em®. In large growing facilities (warehouses and greenhouses) I have seen Nuke Em® be applied to leaves with HID lights ON but they were 8 feet or more above the canopy. Growers with HID lighting systems that are less than 8 feet above plant canopy would be advised to turn them down. It is my view that the new double-ended, high-intensity HID lamps put off so much heat and light that they should be installed 8 feet or more above the canopy. Better growth and less electricity use. 

However, never spray anything on plants when the leaves are inches away from a hot or bright HID lamp. Sunburn will occur.

Indoor soil and hydro growers, don't forget to water your plant’s growing medium well before spraying. This will rinse any accumulated plant food from the root zone making it much easier on the plant to fight off insect or powdery mildew and it will increase turgor pressure inside the plant.

Outdoor growers should spray in the early morning or just before sundown. If possible, outdoor container/pot growing gardeners should water their plants before applying Nuke Em®. Field grown plants do not need to be watered before application.

One might ask why we said not to spray Nuke Em® with the HID lights ON in years past. That's a good question. It stems from early experimenting. The spraying of Nuke Em® would be fine on one set of plants but seemingly make other sets of plant leaves curl. We later found that the curling mostly had to do with the soil being toxic with an overabundance of plant food and not the lighting. When the plant was over-fertilized or had restricted water availability, it brought the Nuke Em® and the water into the leaf to hydrate itself. This is why we tell you to flush the plants growing media with water, or better yet adding Z7 or Spread Coat to the flush water, before spraying Nuke Em®. Spraying any insecticide on a dehydrated plant is not a good idea.

IMPORTANT: It is important for you to look at a leaf carefully to ensure that Nuke Em® is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest using our wetting agent, Spread Coat. It will help Nuke Em® to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds and they will shed the Nuke Em® formula. Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

With other brands of insecticides, my plants seem to grow slow. Is that normal?

You’ll be glad to know that Nuke Em® will not reduce the growth of the plant because it doesn’t use improper ingredients. Nuke Em® use only organic listed and food grade ingredients that are naturally good for the plants and for you.

As you and millions of other gardeners have experienced, other brands of insecticides will slow the plants growth. These insecticides use heavy oil-loving detergents, heavy plant oils, and petroleum that block the stomata, the air passages that let the plant breathe. These ingredients also cover the light receptors, cells that are responsible for catching the light and transferring the photons to cells that generate photosynthesis. Anytime a plants air and light is restricted, plant growth slows. You never want to slow plant growth when plants are under attack from pests.

Trust in the new high tech insecticide Nuke Em®. You'll be glad you did!

Do I need to adjust the pH of my Nuke Em® dilute?

Yes and No. Here's why.

For Soil or hydroponic leaf treatments for powdery mildew:

There have been some growers saying that raising the pH of the Nuke Em® dilute to pH 8 before spraying the plant has been beneficial. Flying Skull has not seen enough data to make a change in Nuke Em’s® directions. However, should you do so, please contact us with your results. We suggest using a pH adjuster formulated with potassium.

Important tips for leaf applications: Look at the leaves carefully to make sure that Nuke Em® is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. Some leaves have a waxy texture or a fine coating of dust from outdoor winds; they may shed the Nuke Em® formula. We suggest the use of our wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em® cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion. 

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em® to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds. You may have to increase the amount of Spread Coat shown below to get the coverage you need.

We recommend spraying Nuke Em® when intense HID lights are turned down or are at least 10 feet above the plant canopy. LED/LEC or Fluorescent lighting does not need to be turned OFF or down. 

A strong strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 8 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 120 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

An in between strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 6 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 122 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

A standard strength Nuke Em® recipe would look like this: 4 ounces Nuke Em® concentrate, 124 ounces water, 1-2 tsp Spread Coat.

Are there any states that Nuke Em® can't be sold?

Yes, New Mexico, Mississippi and Indiana. These states require more testing than the Federal Government's EPA guidelines require. We are working with these states for the approval of our formula. In these state's, we suggest you purchase our Rx10 plant wash and add our Spread Coat wetting agent.

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