Safe, ‘Green’ Insecticides Can Reduce Chemical Exposure in Homes and Gardens

Awesome! I have been looking for a safe alternative for pest control. I hate paying Terminix. One because they are expensive and two because I hate spraying harmful chemicals around. Additionally, these chemicals cannot be sprayed in homes with young infants (usually less than 6 weeks) which is also a concern. I will definitely check out this product, it sounds pretty good and right up my alley!

Safe, ‘Green’ Insecticides Can Reduce Chemical Exposure in Homes and Gardens
 
ATLANTA, April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — With organic food and eco-friendly cleaning supplies now widely available, being ‘green’ at home is getting easier. When it comes to killing bugs, however, most people still reach for chemical insecticides because they are not aware that safe and effective botanical alternatives exist.

“Most Americans don’t realize that they can kill household insects without using conventional pesticides that leave behind a harmful chemical residue,” said Steven Bessette, the president of EcoSMART Technologies, which makes organic insecticides that are safe to use around children and pets, and are recommended by the non-profit group Healthy Child, Healthy World.

EcoSMART’s university-tested botanical pesticides kill bugs as effectively as synthetic pesticides, but their formulation is based on the centuries-old natural defenses that plants and trees use for their self-protection against insects and pathogens — essential oils. EcoSMART’s unique blends of essential oils block specific neural pathways in insects that regulate insect movement, behavior and metabolism. This results in instant immobilization and/or knockdown followed by the insect’s death. Because these neural pathways do not exist in mammals, the formulations are completely safe to use around children, animals, birds and fish.

“There are many smart and affordable ways to create a safer, healthier environment for children,” said Christopher Gavigan, CEO / Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World, which offers free information and expertise to help create healthy environments for families and children.

At its website, http://www.healthychild.org, parents can find tips such as these for healthier pest control:

    –  Prevent pests through good sanitation and food storage habits

    –  Remove shoes and wash hands immediately after playing outside to

        prevent tracking dirt indoors.

    –  Seal cracks and install door sweeps

    –  Use or fix window screens

    –  Manage outdoor lights to prevent insects gathering

    –  Eliminate moisture problems to keep the home dry

    –  Properly store all food

    –  Use non-toxic products

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recent reports indicate at least one pesticide product is used indoors by 75 percent of U.S. households each year and that 80 percent of the average person’s exposure to pesticides occurs indoors EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pesticid.html.

The active and inert ingredients in EcoSMART products are exempt from EPA registration and are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These oils are commonly used to add flavor and aroma to many cosmetic, beverage and food products.

The new 14-ounce aerosols, available in Wal-Mart, Albertsons and other large retailers, include Ant & Roach Killer, Flying Insect Killer and Wasp & Hornet Killer. Consumers can also buy EcoSMART products online at http://www.ecosmart.com.

“EcoSMART has made it easier to protect children by reducing their exposure to harmful chemical pesticide residues while keeping homes clean and bugs under control,” Gavigan said.

In the spring of 2008, EcoSMART will also launch a highly effective 6 oz personal insect repellent that provides 2-3 hours of protection against mosquitoes, gnats, biting flies and no-see-ums. It is DEET-free and safe for kids.

For more information, visit http://www.ecosmart.com or call (877) 667-0006.
 

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeff Sargent on April 2, 2008 at 6:25 am

    First of all while your concern is valid your information is not very correct. Terminix has not sprayed the inside of house for a number of years. When they treat the inside they will primarily use baits and gels because of children and pets. When they need to use a spray they use a pyrethrin and other non-residual chemicals that break down very fast. Exterior usage of chemicals do not last very long either the environment tends to break them down within 3 months. And speaking of Eco Products this is funny since a lot of the chemicals used by the pest industry come from nature. Pyrethin is made from Kenyan Orchids, Nicotine is a common additive to Bayer products. There is a lot of disinformation out there about what a pest company uses and does not use. Call them and them may be able to taylor your needs to different types of treatment.

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  2. Posted by Matt Chambers on April 2, 2008 at 11:14 am

    I would have to agree with Jeff above. Many pesticides used by pest control companies are organics, organo-phospates and a newer breed called IGR’s. The day of spraying the baseboards inside the house are over. Most pest control companies now use exterior quarterly service with interior on demand. Most of all the products used today have very little residual life after 90 days. They are broken down by UV, weather, and bacteria. ECO products are somewhat effective but only last about 10 to 15 days and they only create a “barrier” effect. what this means is they are not killed they just avoid the area till the barrier has become weak and they are much more costly. Ask any pest control company for a copy of the MSDS sheets on their products and you can find out what affects they may cause and what they are made of.

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  3. Posted by Jen on August 11, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I am looking for first hand and specific product information about the EcoSmart pest sprays. EPA or FDA classifications don’t mean much to me (example: GMO’s same as regular food-NOT!). I have used the EcoSmart spray and the listed ingredients are not harmful to adults but it has a strong lingering odor which concerns me since I have small children around. I cannot find any info other then the “canned” PR info which is identical on their web site, articles and the above blog entry. Any testimonials or first-hand opinions out there?

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  4. Posted by Mason Meyer on August 26, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Jeff and Matt’s information is flawed and nonfactual to say the least. Terminix is spraying inside of houses and just because pyrethrins are used means nothing, yes pyretherins are a little safer but very harmful!!! Oh yeah, pest companies are going to these green products because there is a safe way and a wrong way, the wrong way is conventional chemicals. Also most ECO products last 30 to 55 days sorry to burst your bubble friends.

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  5. Posted by Mason Meyer on August 26, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Jen, I use the same chemicals and can tell you what will kill strong smell so just contact me. meyerpestservice@yahoo.com

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  6. I agree with mason that jeff and matt’s information is flawed and non factual. Anyway, thank you so much for this article.
    Atlanta Pest Control

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  7. Posted by lina on September 14, 2010 at 2:39 am

    i am working inside rose greenhouse. we have 9 hectare roses and we spray 3 hectare roses/day with chemicals. we always open the vents when we do the spraying.

    i was wondering if you could tell me how far should a person be from the actual spraying site?

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    • Posted by Trisha on September 21, 2010 at 10:42 am

      I don’t know much about chemical safety – we keep all chemicals out of our home. I will say to follow the manufacturers instructions closely. I would ask why you spray daily? That seems excessive to me. I know of 2 rose gardens near me, and I don’t think either are ever sprayed. But again, be sure you are following the usage instructions for frequency, amount and precations to take.

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