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Nuke Em Advanced:

  • treats Broad Mites, Russet Mites, Spider Mites, Leaf Aphids, Thrips, Whitefly and more
  • treats eggs, larvae, juvenile and adult insects
  • controls mildew and mould before and after harvest
  • leaves zero toxic pesticide residue on plant materials
  • is concentrated and economical
  • is approved for use on or after the day of harvest
  • is safe around people and pets
  • may be sprayed just before harvest to prevent leaf mould while in the drying process
  • doesn’t alter the taste or smell of growing crops or finished produce
  • doesn’t lower the value of produce
  • doesn’t slow photosynthesis by reducing light to photon cells on leaves
  • doesn’t slow photosynthesis from residue clogging the leaf stomata
  • doesn’t contain high concentrations of oils
  • doesn’t contain chemical surfactants
  • doesn’t contain petroleum or Pyrethrins
  • doesn’t smell bad
  • doesn’t make leaves, stems and flowers sticky

This multi-purpose plant wash treats the eggs, larvae, juvenile and adult insects that feed on and ultimately kill plants. It targets all species of Broad Mites, Russet Mites, Spider Mites, Root Aphids, Leaf Aphids, Thrips, Whitefly and other plant leaf and soil insect parasites. Its unique formula also allows for outstanding control of the vast varieties of powdery mildew and mould found in the garden. Most of the ingredients are food grade ingredients that you would find in a loaf of bread.

Mixing Rates:

  • Normal Strength spray is 15ml Nuke Em Advanced to 1 litre of water.
  • Strong Strength is 30ml Nuke Em Advanced to 1 litre of water.

General Leaf Application Directions:

  • Always make sure the plant is well hydrated before applying pesticides. A plant that is dehydrated will bring in the applied pesticide to hydrate itself. This can cause leaves to disfigure. If needed, reduce the EC of the soil to allow the plant to hydrate.
  • For complete control, 3 applications may be needed; each application should be 3 days apart.
  • For cuttings and clones, use the normal strength, allow to dry and use Flying Skull's Clone Guard to limit wilting.

Pro Growers Note: For infestations, 3 applications may be done in one 24-hour period. For delicate strains, try it on one plant before applying to the whole crop.

Leaf insect and powdery mildew control:

1. Water growing media, pots and containers to leach fertiliser from the root zone and to add turgor pressure to the plant’s cell structure. No watering is required for field grown plants.

2. Shake the bottle well before diluting into a spray or dip.

3. If growing indoors, reduce the main lighting before spraying plants.

4. If growing outdoors, spray on leaves and stems just before sundown, the coolest part of the day, or low temperatures under heavy cloud cover.

Root Aphid Control for Soil Growers:

1. Mix up enough Nuke Em Advanced to saturate the growing medium of one test plant.

2. Use the normal strength of Nuke Em Advanced (15ml per 1 litre of water).

3. Turn lights down and use low supplemental lighting to see. This is best done at the beginning of the light OFF cycle. If possible, spray the leaves with water to fully hydrate the plant and or water the plant well with low EC/TDS runoff to assure maximum hydration occurs.

4. Slowly pour Nuke Em Advanced into the soil. There is a space or pocket just under the main stem that harbours 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 soil. Work out from there making sure the soil is totally drenched.

5. Nuke Em Advanced needs to be in contact with the Root Aphids for 15 minutes. Longer contact time is advisable if your plant variety responds well to an extended duration. Before turning lights to full intensity, rinse the growing media well so the plant does not uptake the pesticide for use in photosynthesis.

Root Aphid Control for Hydroponic Growers:

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  • Mix up enough Nuke Em Advanced to saturate all the growing medium and roots.
  • Use the strong strength of Nuke Em Advanced (30ml per litre of water) if your growing medium is soaking wet. If the growing medium is dry or moist use the normal strength (15ml per litre of water). 
  • Turn lighting down and use low supplemental lighting to see. This is best done when at the beginning of the light OFF cycle.
  • Slowly pour Nuke Em Advanced into the hydroponic growing media. There is a space or pocket just under the main stem that harbours 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.
  • Nuke Em Advanced needs to be in contact with the Root Aphids for at least 15 minutes. Longer contact times may be desirable if the plant variety can handle it. Always test one plant before testing the entire group. Before the lights turn ON, rinse Nuke Em Advanced from the growing media, roots and hydro system before refilling the tank and turning Lights ON.

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 clean empty bucket and fill it with diluted Nuke Em Advanced at standard strength (15ml per litre of water).
  • Dip the plant and growing media into it. Submerge long enough for all growing media and roots to be saturated.
  • Replace plant back into the hydro system for your 15-minute wait time. Treatment should be done in reduced light.
  • Rinse the growing, roots media and hydro system well with water before adding nutrient and turning ON lighting.

After the 15 minute minimum of contact in the root zone, the residual from the main Nuke Em Advanced application (after being rinsed from the root zone) may be run through the hydroponic system to clear any threat posed to the plants from insects inside the pipes and tubes. Taking the plants out of the system while it is being flushed is advisable should larvae or adult Root Aphid be in the tubes, buckets or tanks. The entire system needs to be flushed before turning ON the main lighting. This procedure will clear dead adult, juvenile and larvae from the hydroponic system.

Powdery Mildew:

Some Powdery Mildew will take three applications of the Nuke Em Advanced to fully kill it. We suggest treating all Powdery Mildew the same by making sure that three applications are made.

Maintenance programs for Powdery Mildew: Weekly applications of outdoor plants using a dilution rate of 15ml Nuke Em Advanced concentrate to every litre of water has been found to be successful in controlling most moulds like Powdery Mildew. Nuke Em Advanced should be applied immediately after rains or while in periods of water droplets formed on leaves after fog or dew.

Hydroponic System Recommendation: Using Flying Skull's Z7 after the Nuke Em Advanced treatment is advised. Add the Flying Skull Z7 Hydro System Cleanser every 4-5 days and at every tank change.

Modified Application for Russet and Broad Mites:

Nuke Em Advanced has been found effective in treating Broad and Russet mites, but having said that, it is important to realize that these little guys are really tough to kill because you have to completely cover them with spray. You will need three applications of Nuke Em Advanced if you are in infestation stage. They can be on the same day if you let each application dry before you apply the next spray.

DAY ONE: Apply one application at strong strength (30ml per litre of water) with reduced lighting, wait until it dries and then spray another application at strong strength, wait for it to dry and then spray another application at strong strength. (Three applications on the same day, allowing the plants to completely dry between applications.)

DAY THREE: Spray one strong strength application of Nuke Em Advanced.

DAY SIX: Spray one strong strength application of Nuke Em Advanced. Let the Nuke Em Advanced dry.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Should I add a wetting agent to Nuke Em Advanced?

It is important for you to look at the leaves carefully to make sure that the Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced formula. This will prevent the leaf from getting 100% coverage. If it doesn’t look like Nuke Em Advanced is penetrating through dust and dirt or the leaf surface doesn’t get an even coat, add Flying Skull’s wetting agent, Spread Coat. Spread Coat does a great job of allowing Nuke Em Advanced to penetrate deep into nooks and crannies of plant material where pests hide. Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced recipe would look like this: 125ml Nuke Em Advanced, 3.5 litres water, 5-10ml Spread Coat.
An in-between strength Nuke Em Advanced recipe would look like this: 90ml Nuke Em Advanced, 3.5 litres water, 5-10ml Spread Coat.
A standard strength Nuke Em Advanced recipe would look like this: 60ml Nuke Em Advanced, 3.5 litres water, 5-10ml Spread Coat.

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

It is important for you to look at a leaf carefully to make sure that the Nuke Em Advanced is completely covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest the use of Flying Skull’s wetting agent, Spread Coat. It will help Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced formula.

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 4 litre container pour 500ml 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 Advanced to make sure the plant is fully hydrated.

Help! My harvest failed Powdery Mildew lab testing. What can I do?

Application to treat Powdery Mildew after harvest: Soak the produce with Nuke Em Advanced. If the mould 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 Advanced all the way down into it. Nuke Em Advanced must touch the powdery mould/mildew to treat it.

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

Flying Skull highly recommends the use of Nuke Em Advanced as a maintenance spray. When used weekly throughout the entire grow cycle and just before harvest, powdery mildew and moulds are unlikely to happen during the drying process.

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 mould/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 mould 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.

Because Nuke Em Advanced works on contact, it is very important that Nuke Em Advanced touches every mite and egg. Even in the best conditions with careful applications it is very hard to get complete coverage on the first spray.

Can Nuke Em Advanced treat Broad Mites?

Nuke Em Advanced has been found effective in treating 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 Advanced. It will increase the contact time of Nuke Em Advanced and help to penetrate nooks and crannies of the plant where the Broad Mites hide. You will need three applications of Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced along with Spread Coat should be used as a preventative or maintenance spray.

What kind of sprayer do you recommend?

Most sprayers or atomisers on the market aren’t great. Backpack sprayers are heavy and their spray pattern is poor at best. Atomiser type sprayers blow the leaves and it’s hard to get an even coating of insecticide and most of the Nuke Em Advanced 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 Flying Skull’s 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.

If you have larger plants and or a lot of them, airless paint sprayers are useful. 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 lengths 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 long lengths which really make it easy on your arms and back.

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 Advanced is sprayed on the leaves like that, 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 Flying Skull’s wetting agent, Spread Coat, reduce the amount of Nuke Em Advanced on average by 30%.

Can Nuke Em Advanced be applied to buds and blooms?

Yes. Nuke Em Advanced has been used to treat insects and control mould and mildew after the plants have been harvested and are in the drying process. There will be 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 Advanced to dry and make your determination then. Use the Normal dose for spraying in bloom or after bloom.

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

YES. Watering potted plants before spraying, whether grown in soil or hydro, is very important no matter what brand of treatment product 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 Advanced treatment while easing their stress from the initial insect or mould 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.

Pro Growers Note: Insects and powdery mildew are often signs of root zone problems. Start using Flying Skull's Z7 immediately. 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.

Important tips for leaf applications: It is important for you to look at a leaf carefully to make sure that Nuke Em Advanced is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest using Flying Skull’s wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced formula.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced be sprayed when intense HID lights are turned down or the intense HID lights are at least 3 metres above the plant canopy. LED/LEC or Fluorescent lighting does not need to be turned OFF or down.

How do I use Nuke Em Advanced with predatory insects?

For those who use predatory insects to defend your gardens, Nuke Em Advanced is a great choice to use as a knockdown treatment for runaway infestations before the release of 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 Advanced really shines. Once Nuke Em Advanced has dried it will not harm the predatory insects.

Because Nuke Em Advanced treats 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 Advanced first. After Nuke Em Advanced dries, add the predatory insects. Nuke Em Advanced does not know the difference between a good bug and a bad bug; using Nuke Em Advanced after the release of predatory insects treat ALL insects, not just the bad ones.

IMPORTANT: Inspect the leaves carefully to make sure that the Nuke Em Advanced is covering 100% of the leaf surface. We suggest using Flying Skull’s wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em Advanced cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion while allowing Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced formula; Spread Coat will help with issue.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em Advanced 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.

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

When you mix the Nuke Em Advanced 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.

Nuke Em Advanced 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.

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

YES. However, these plants may be very young and delicate so you must use your best judgment and proceed from there. Flying Skull suggest you use the Nuke Em Advanced 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, Flying Skull’s Clone Guard may be a better choice as it was specifically formulated as a barrier for small plants. Clone Guard is a barrier, it won't let insects have access to the leaves.

IMPORTANT: Look at a leaf carefully to make sure that the Nuke Em Advanced is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. Flying Skull suggest using their wetting agent, Spread Coat. It will help Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced formula. Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em Advanced to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and or to penetrate the layers of dirt deposited on leaves from outdoor winds.

If I get Nuke Em Advanced on my skin, will it hurt me?

Nuke Em Advanced will not hurt you unless you are allergic to one of its ingredients, such as citrus or bread. Nuke Em Advanced is truly unique; most of the ingredients you would find in a loaf of bread.

Can I increase the strength of Nuke Em Advanced?

Because Nuke Em Advanced is a contact treatment product, it is very important that Nuke Em Advanced 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 increase it a little.

While it is not necessary, it is recommended to rinse all other insecticides and fungicides off leaves before applying Nuke Em Advanced. 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 (5-10ml per 4 litres) before applying Nuke Em Advanced. Wait until the leaves are dry before spraying Nuke Em Advanced.

It will be important for you to look at a leaf carefully to make sure that Nuke Em Advanced is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest you use Flying Skull’s wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced formula and reduce the contact time.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em Advanced to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of dirt and dust.

 - 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 Advanced. The use of Z7 in the flush water, and continued use afterward, would be of great benefit to the plants.
- You can spray Nuke Em Advanced three times in one day; just allow the Nuke Em Advanced to dry before applying the next spray. This is quite effective for Broad Mite treatment.
- 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.
- Always carry a bottle of diluted Nuke Em Advanced around when you are around the plants for spot spraying; if it looks like mildew or insects, spray it.
- Use Nuke Em Advanced once a week as a preventative spray.
- We recommend spraying Nuke Em Advanced 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.
- Use Flying Skull’s Spread Coat wetting agent to make sure you have a good coating.

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

You must shake the bottle for 15-30 seconds before mixing Nuke Em Advanced with water. When you shake the bottle, turn it upside down and right side up as you shake. SHAKE THE BOTTLE. The use of Flying Skull’s wetting agent, Spread Coat, helps Nuke Em Advanced to cover the leaf. You may wind up using less Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced are done on the same day, wait for Nuke Em Advanced to dry before making the next application. Use Flying Skull’s Spread Coat wetting agent.

IMPORTANT: It is important for you to look at a leaf carefully to make sure that the Nuke Em Advanced is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. We suggest using Flying Skull’s wetting agent, Spread Coat. It will help Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced formula.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em Advanced to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of dirt and dust.

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

No. Nuke Em Advanced was formulated to be very kind to those who are sick or allergic to common chemical pesticides. Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced without fear of your immune system being adversely affected.

Nuke Em Advanced'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 Advanced leaves very little detergent residue on the plant.

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

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

Yes! Nuke Em Advanced can be used to rinse plants of unwanted mould 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 Advanced before you bring them into your garden as they might be harbouring insects and mildew or mould. By adding Flying Skull’s Spread Coat wetting agent to the Nuke Em Advanced, you will be able to cut through layers of dust and dirt and increase Nuke Em Advanced’s contact time with the pests.

Treating your plants three times with Nuke Em Advanced will treat 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 mould spores can be hazardous.

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

Flying Skull recommend spraying Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced is covering 100% of the leaf’s surface. Flying Skull suggest using their wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced formula.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em Advanced to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of dirt and dust.

How can I use Nuke Em Advanced as a Spider Mite preventative?

To keep plants free from parasites, Flying Skull recommend using Nuke Em Advanced at standard strength once a week. Double-ended High Pressure Sodium lighting (intense-heat producing HID lighting) should be at least 3 metres above the plants or turned down to its lowest wattage before spraying Nuke Em Advanced. 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 Advanced is a great choice to use as a first 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 Advanced will not harm the predatory insects. Since Nuke Em Advanced treats 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 Advanced first. After Nuke Em Advanced has dried, add the predatory insects.

IMPORTANT: Full leaf coverage is vital, so be sure to inspect leaves following application to ensure 100% coverage. We suggest using Flying Skull’s wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced formula.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em Advanced to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of dirt and dust.

Can you use Nuke Em Advanced on walls and floors?

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

Flying Skull have found that Nuke Em Advanced makes a great spray cleanser; even better if you add their Spread Coat wetting agent. Simply add 15-45ml of Nuke Em Advanced to a 1 litre spray bottle, fill with water to the litre mark and add 2.5ml Spread Coat.

For mopping floors, add 15ml of Nuke Em Advanced and 5-10ml of Spread Coat per 4 litres of water. 

Does Nuke Em Advanced deal with insects instantly?

YES and NO. Young Spider Mites are dealt with quickly but the older, stronger, adult Spider Mites may live up to 24 hours before succumbing to Nuke Em Advanced's effects. 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 be dealt with 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 Advanced dries before applying another coat. Don't forget to flush the growing medium thoroughly before applying Nuke Em Advanced.

Important tips for leaf applications: Examine leaves carefully to ensure that Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced formula. Flying Skull suggest using their wetting agent, Spread Coat, as it will help Nuke Em Advanced to cover the leaf and stem in an economical fashion.

Use the least amount of Spread Coat to get Nuke Em Advanced to spread evenly over the leaf and stem and/or to penetrate the layers of dirt and dust.

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

Basic instructions for 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 fertiliser 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 3 metres above the plant canopy. Outdoor gardeners spray just before sundown or just after sunup.

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

Many growers have seen benefit if they adjust the pH of the diluted Nuke Em Advanced 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 Flying Skull’s wetting agent, Spread Coat, to uniformly coat all of the soil including deep inside the root ball.

Root drenches with Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced 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 Advanced is in the growing medium, the better. For soil applications, use Flying Skull’s 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 Advanced 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 take. Longer drench times, more than 4 hours, may be done if the plants allow it. For longer contact times, try Nuke Em Advanced on one plant to see how it does. If it does well, then continue.

What is the suggested dose for root drenches?

The dose of Nuke Em Advanced should be 15ml of Nuke Em Advanced to 1 litre of water. 45ml of Nuke Em to 1 litre 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 continue. Use Flying Skull’s Spread Coat wetting agent to make sure the Nuke Em Advanced penetrates all the way into the root ball.

How often should I drench?

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

Should I spray Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced application. Flying Skull have reported that they don’t find there is much negative reaction from Nuke Em Advanced being sprayed over the top of other insecticides unless the plant is dehydrated from too much fertiliser 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 Advanced. 

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

Flying Skull’s on-going Root Aphid test show Nuke Em Advanced does a great job of treating this pest.

Here is how they recommend treating Root Aphids for Hydroponic and Soil growers. Try this on one plant just to make sure the strength of the Nuke Em Advanced 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 get Root Aphids.

Soil Growers:

  1. Mix up enough Nuke Em Advanced to saturate the growing medium. Use the regular strength of Nuke Em Advanced which is 15ml Nuke Em Advanced to 1 litre of water. Use Flying Skull’s Spread Coat at 5-10ml per 4 litres of water to help Nuke Em Advanced penetrate the soil.
  2. Adjust the pH of the Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced/Spread Coat mix into the soil. There is a space or pocket just under the main stem that harbours 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 Advanced 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 treat 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 Advanced came in contact with all of the Root Aphids.

Hydroponics Growers:

  1. Mix up enough Nuke Em Advanced to saturate the growing medium. Use Flying Skull’s Spread Coat wetting agent to help Nuke Em Advanced penetrate the soil and root ball. Use the strong strength of Nuke Em Advanced which is 45ml to 1 litre of water.
  2. Adjust the pH of the Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced into the hydroponic growing media. There is a space or pocket just under the main stem that harbours 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 Advanced 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 Advanced 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 Advanced at standard strength. Dip the plant and growing media into the bucket of diluted and pH adjusted Nuke Em Advanced (adjust Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced didn't come in contact with all the Root Aphids. If at all possible, use Flying Skull’s 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 Flying Skull’s customers have said they have seen no harm spraying when the lights were ON. You can try spraying Nuke Em Advanced when HID lights are ON but you should do it on one plant only and check for any possible problems.

You don’t need to turn down or off any LED/LEC light systems to spray Nuke Em Advanced. In large growing facilities (warehouses and greenhouses) Nuke Em Advanced can be applied to leaves with HID lights ON if they are 3 metres or more above the canopy. Growers with HID lighting systems that are less than 3 metres above the plant canopy would be advised to turn them down. The new double-ended, high-intensity HID lamps gives off so much heat and light that they should be installed 3 metres 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 should not 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 Advanced. Field grown plants do not need to be watered before application.

Flying Skull said not to spray Nuke Em Advanced with the HID lights ON in years past. It stems from early experimenting. The spraying of Nuke Em Advanced would be fine on one set of plants but seemingly make other sets of plant leaves curl. They 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-fertilised or had restricted water availability, it brought the Nuke Em Advanced and the water into the leaf to hydrate itself. This is why they advise you to flush the plants growing media with water, or better yet add Z7 or Spread Coat to the flush water, before spraying Nuke Em Advanced. Spraying any treatment product on a dehydrated plant is not a good idea.

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

Yes and No.

For Soil or hydroponic leaf treatments for powdery mildew: There have been some growers saying that raising the pH of the Nuke Em Advanced 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 Advanced’s directions. They suggest using a pH adjuster formulated with potassium.

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

Nuke Em Advanced Ultimate Plant Wash 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 mould. Each batch of Nuke Em Advanced 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 Flying Skull website. On the lab test, adverse pesticide ingredients will show pass or fail. Lab testing for bacteria, yeast and mould will show

The pesticide ingredients Flying Skull test for are:

  1. Abamectin (sum)
  2. Acephate
  3. Acequinocyl
  4. Acetamiprid
  5. Aldicarb
  6. Azoxystrobin
  7. Beta-Cyfluthrin
  8. Bifenazate
  9. Bifenthrin
  10. Boscalid
  11. Carbaryl 
  12. Carbofuran 
  13. Chlorantraniliprole 
  14. Chlorfenapyr 
  15. Chlorpyrifos 
  16. Clofentezine 
  17. Cypermethrin 
  18. Daminozide 
  19. Diazinon 
  20. Dichlorvos 
  21. Dimethoate 
  22. Ethoprophos 
  23. Etofenprox 
  24. Etoxazole 
  25. Fenoxycarb 
  26. Fenpyroximate 
  27. Fipronil 
  28. Flonicamid 
  29. Fludioxonil 
  30. Hexythiazox 
  31. Imazalil 
  32. Imidacloprid 
  33. Kresoxim-methyl 
  34. Malathion 
  35. Metalaxyl / Mefenoxam 
  36. Methiocarb 
  37. Methomyl 
  38. Methyl Parathion 
  39. MGK-264 
  40. Myclobutanyl 
  41. Naled 
  42. Oxamyl 
  43. Paclobutrazol 
  44. Permethrin 
  45. Phosmet 
  46. Piperonyl butoxide 
  47. Prallethrin 
  48. Propiconazole 
  49. Propoxur 
  50. Pyrethrins 
  51. Pyridaben 
  52. Spinosad (Conserve)
  53. Spiromesifen 
  54. Spirotetramat 
  55. Spiroxamine 
  56. Tebuconazole 
  57. Thiacloprid 
  58. Thiamethoxam 
  59. Trifloxystrobin 

The Safety Data Sheet for Nuke Em Advanced can be downloaded by clicking here.