A few weeks ago, the people over at EcoSMART contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying out their safe, organic pesticides for around my house. And while we try to avoid using any pesticides at all, we have been having an issue lately with ants and spiders because of the change in the weather – so their email could not have come at a better time. But before I agreed to try some of their stuff out, I sent back a note asking what exactly was in their products that made them safe and non-toxic – and this is what I got back:
Ant & Roach Killer – Rosemary Oil 5%, Cinnamon Oil 3%, Other Ingredients – 92% (Water, Wintergreen Oil, Mineral Oil, Oleic Acid, Canola Oil, Carbon Dioxide, Vanillin, Lecithin)
Flying Insect Killer – Peppermint Oil 2%, Cinnamon Oil 1%, Sesame Oil 1%, Other Ingredients 96% (Water, Wintergreen Oil, Isopropanol, Canola Oil, Lecithin, Carbon Dioxide)
Insect Repellent – Rosemary Oil 0.5%, Cinnamon Leaf Oil 0.5%, Lemongrass Oil 0.5%, Geraniol 1%, Other Ingredients 97.5% (Isoproppyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Wintergreen Oil).
Needless to say, I was pretty sold on the safety of their products – and they work great. They don’t stink up the joint like regular pesticides do, it’s safe for our cat to be around, and the DEET-free insect repellent (According to some studies, the chemical DEET found in most commercial insect repellents is toxic, but it works) kept the mosquitoes away during our hike into the mountains this weekend. I didn’t even know this company existed prior to a few weeks ago, but I am thinking we will be buying these products from now on whenever we have a need for them. Why buy the toxic stuff that is both bad for us and the environment when the natural version works just the same? And for those of you with big gardens or commercial needs, they even sell versions for you as well, so it might be worth checking into.
Overall, I think these organic pesticides are great, and it’s nice to know that someone is making a version for those of us who are concerned about toxins in our house. Millions of people use pesticides year-round – making the switch to these would surely limit the damage cause by the toxic versions!