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Spray your tomatoes with Raid?

  1. Apr 20, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Spray your tomatoes with Raid?!?!?!

    Check out this old commercial for Raid bug spray; at about the 40 second mark.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54mo6VXO17U
     
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  3. Apr 20, 2009 #2

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    Re: Spray your tomatoes with Raid?!?!?!

    Mmmmm....yummy!
     
  4. Apr 20, 2009 #3
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    What's a little RAID gonna hurt after the thermonuclear bombs blow up while you're hiding under your school desk?
     
  5. Apr 20, 2009 #4

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    We were protected by our desks; duh!
     
  6. Apr 20, 2009 #5

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    Re: Spray your tomatoes with Raid?!?!?!

    Wouldn't it dry on the tomatoe and neutralize? I know nothing about chemistry. I wouldn't try that though.

    Note: My herbs are growing indoors. Sick.
     
  7. Apr 21, 2009 #6

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    My experience is that Off attracts wasps. Therefore, I quite using it. For mosquitos, I'd spray myself with Raid. The little bastards still bit me, but I had the satisfaction of knowing that they would die from doing so.
     
  8. Apr 21, 2009 #7
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    As far as I know, RAID (the standard formulation) is non-persistent. A quick http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cypermethrin" [Broken] shows that it degrades on soil and plants, but not on inert surfaces. So you should be safe spraying the normal raid on your tomatoes.
     
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  9. Apr 21, 2009 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    Except for the part where the tomatoes are ready to pick. You don't spray poison on food that is ready to harvest.
     
  10. Apr 21, 2009 #9
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    Decades of innovation in synthetic organic compounds have left us with many wonderful compounds still in common use today, and still yielding many healthcare research papers, uncertain on ill effects. We medicate ourselves with just as many of these innovative synthetics, made for everything for toe-jam to heartburn to a cold, as we do inhaling them from all the goodies found in a building. I don't think X billion years of evolution has us well prepared for many of these thousands (ten thousands?) of compounds.
     
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  11. Apr 21, 2009 #10
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    :yuck:I love raid,it makes a good substitute for vinegar in a salad dressing.
     
  12. Apr 21, 2009 #11

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    Re: Spray your tomatoes with Raid?!?!?!

    I don't see what the problem is. Just wash it off with water.

    http://www.collectorsquest.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/radium-jar.jpg [Broken]
     
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  13. Apr 21, 2009 #12
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    eh, so? what if i dusted my tomatoes with boric acid? should i not eat the tomatoes?
     
  14. Apr 21, 2009 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    Is that what Raid is made from? Is Boric acid used on food?
     
  15. Apr 21, 2009 #14
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    the point is simply that bug physiology is different than human physiology. if a bug gets a bit of borate on his self and ingests it while preening, it poisons him (neurally, iirc). but for we humans, we'd have to eat it by the spoonful just to get a bit of hormonal disruption. environmental exposure to borate is non-toxic, and we actually need a small amount.

    so, there are ways to kill bugs without any significant harm to mammals. i use Dawn dishwashing detergent to kill the fleas on my cats. it is surprisingly effective.
     
  16. Apr 21, 2009 #15
    Re: Spray your tomatoes with Raid?!?!?!

    No. Modern Raid is pyrethroids, synthetic variations of a natural insecticide made by chrysanthemum flowers:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrethroid

    I'm not sure what it was historically, I'm guessing organophosphates?
     
  17. Apr 21, 2009 #16
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    Tomatoes smoke better on the grill when done with a little Raid.*

    *Satire warning.
     
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