Since May of 2006 when I sold the insecticide sprayer, we have been insecticide free.  We use beneficial insects now to control unwanted pests such as aphids, mites and the like.  Some of the bugs we have applied over the years include Lady Bugs, Green Lacewings and Praying Mantis.  Another essential part of our process includes pollinators.  By this I mean BEES!  Bees are our friends.  We have bee hives brought in every summer when the bee wranglers are looking for a safe place to put their hives.  The bees feed on the honeydew left behind by the aphids.  They also enjoy the multitude of flowers we have all over the farm.