Captain Jacks Deadbug Brew Concentrate

4.5 out of 5 stars 23 Reviews | 185 Q&A

Captain Jacks Deadbug Brew Concentrate

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4.5 out of 5 stars Rating: 4.7

23 Reviews | 185 Q&A

Product Overview

The active ingredient in Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew is Spinosad insecticide, that is a naturally occuring soil dwelling bacterium. This unique bacterium was collected on a Caribbean island from an abadoned rum distillery in 1982 and has never been found anywhere else in the world. Spinosad pesticide Kills bagworms, borers, codling moths, spider mites and others.

Features and Specs

Active Ingredient Spinosad 0.5%
Target pests Codling Moth, Leafminers, Leafrollers, Oriental fruit moth, Tufted apple budmoth, Asparagus beetles, Armyworms, Fireworms, Fruitfly, Fruitworms, Loopers, Thrips, Katydids, Caterpillar Worms, Cabbage Looper, Diamondback moth, Imported cabbage worm, Colorado potato beetle, Berry moth worms, Borers, Fruit flies, Earworm, Husk Fly, Navel orangeworms, Peach twig borer, Shuckworms, Webworms, Corn borers, Sod webworm, Cat fleas suppression, Emerald ash borer, Gall midges, Leaf feeding beetles, Sawfly larvae, Spider Mites, Gypsy moth, Tent Caterpillars, Bagworms, Fire ants
For use in Residential: Home Gardens, Lawns, Ornamentals, Fruit Trees, Citrus Trees, Vegetables and Berries
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Application 2 oz. per gallon of water per 1,000 sq. ft.
* See label for complete application instructions
Pet safe Yes, if used as directed on Label
Yield Up to 8 Gallons
Shipping Weight 1.23 lbs
Manufacturer Bonide (Mfg. Number: 252)
UPC 037321002529
EPA Registration 4-471


For residential use in home gardens, lawns and ornamentals. Not for use on plants being grown for sale or other commercial use, or for commercial seed production, or for research purposes.

This insect control product is intended for control of worms (caterpillars) and other listed insects. This product does not significantly impact predatory beneficial insects, predatory mites, and spiders while controlling target pests. Susceptible insect pests may be observed on plants up to several hours after treatment, but will have ceased active feeding before being killed.

Add the required amount of this product to the specified amount of water, mix thoroughly, and apply uniformly to both upper and lower surfaces of plant foliage. Mix only as much spray as needed for a single treatment. In vegetable gardens, for best results, do not use more than 3 gallons of spray for 1000 sq ft of area. Do not use kitchen utensils for measuring. Keep measuring utensils with product and away from children.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Excellent organic control

    By Linda on 09/24/2012

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    I was having a recurrent yearly problem with whitefly, spider mites and leaf miners in my Savannah GA autumn vegetable garden. The eggplant, tomatoes and bell peppers were most affected. Capt Jack's Deadbug Brew Concentrate, containing Spinosad is an excellent control. I found that adding 4 tbsp Capt Jack's and 2 cups of milk to a gallon jug, filling it with water then spraying the entire plant with this mixture controlled the pests AND the fungal/mildew problems that are normal in humid deep south gardens. Happy Harvesting!

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    60 of 63 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Works Great

    By Anonymous on 06/06/2013

    Great natural product without pesticides for food grade plants. Must do multiple applications every 3 days to kill eggs 3 times over 9 days.

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    44 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars


    By Jim on 11/02/2011

    I've used this insectacide before and it works great on citrus. The price is right if you buy a large amount.

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    29 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Got Potato Bugs...I dont

    By Anonymous on 07/19/2013

    We couldn't find anything that would keep those awful Potato Bugs from trying to ruin our Potato plants....Captain Jack's saved our garden!!

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    26 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars


    By Ann on 07/21/2014

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    Excellent instructions. Easy to use. No odor or fumes. As yet no appearance of additional leafminor damage after one brew application Saturday July 5 on two heirloom tomato plants (16 days).

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    24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Will Captain Jacks Deadbug kill slugs?

Captain Jacks Deadbug Brew Concentrate is not labeled to be used for slugs. We recommend you look at the Bonide Bug and Slug BaitOne pound of Bonide Bug & Slug Bait will protect up to 2,000 sq. ft. for up one month. Slugs and snails will die in 3 to 6 days and will many times travel to hidden areas to die. 

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Does Captain Jacks Deadbug Brew Concentrate work on grasshoppers or snails?

The active ingredient in Captain Jacks Deadbug Brew Concentrate is not specifically listed to treat grasshoppers or snails. We would recommend using Bifen IT for grasshoppers and various other pests.  Sluggo Plus is the most popular product for snail control in the lawn and around the home. Please review our Snail and Slug Control Page here for more information.


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What is the most effective product to control a serious outdoor earwig infestation?

I see hundreds of earwigs and thousands of holes in citrus and avocado tree leaves, basil plants, and ornamental plants (coleus, etc.). I have used Talstar granules and Sevin granules (this for vegetable gardens) but still have plenty of damage forming and still catch a lot of these creatures. I have also used Sluggo Plus, diametoceus earth and Captain Dead Bug concentrate in case damage is produced by slugs and caterpillars. Does really exist something that eradicate them?


You could consider using Ferti-lome Triple Action, which provides quick and more complete control of insects and fungal diseases.  It acts as an “exciter” to release insect pests that are hiding and into contact with spray residues.  It is great to use on herbs, spices, flowers & shrubs, fruits, nuts and vegetables & roses.  This product has very positive reviews, is also labeled to target Earwigs, and is most effective when applied on a 7 schedule for heavy insect populations.  You can refer the product label for complete application instructions. 

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