Apr 17, 2010

~CLOSED~ EcoSMART Organic Insecticide Review & Giveaway

About EcoSMART
"EcoSMART Technologies is a world leader in organic pesticide solutions. Founded in 1992, EcoSMART was the first company to apply modern science to essential plant oils — creating the first 100% organic pesticides that work. Our patented blends of natural plant oils are every bit as effective as synthetic chemicals, killing bugs fast without any toxins or harmful residues.

Perfectly safe to use around children, pets, food crops and the environment, EcoSMART’s university-tested and field-proven technology provides natural pest control solutions to the agricultural, commercial and household markets. EcoSMART is a trusted name in the organic produce market and provides safe and effective alternatives to conventional insecticides for leading commercial pest control services."

My Review
Everyone has some insects in their house, and ours is no exception.  We have plenty of spiders (which don't bother me most of the time, although I don't like seeing their webs around the house), millipedes (I've seen some in our basement as much as 4 inches long! Ewww!), an occasional silverfish, and of course the flies and gnats that show up with the warm weather.  In the past, we've mostly tolerated the insects, occasionally trying a chemical spray to combat them, but with the awful smell and mess, most of those have been stored away or thrown away after only one use.

When I was contacted by the EcoSMART Rep, I was very happy at the prospect of trying an organic insecticide.   I chose the Home Pest Control spray, which was described on the EcoSMART website as:
Kills and repels over 100 home invading pests: Ants (including Carpenter, Red Harvester, Pavement and Argentine), Beetles, Centipedes, Cockroaches, Crickets, Earwigs, Fleas, Millipedes, Pantry Pests, Pillbugs, Silverfish, Spiders, Sowbugs, Ticks and other crawling insect pests."

I decided to start by using the EcoSMART Home Pest Control spray in the many corners of our home, where spiderwebs are routinely found.  (Each week I vacuum and clean them up, and soon after, they re-appear in the same places.)   I sprayed a little at a time, and right away I noticed there was no chemical smell choking me!  Instead there was an herbal fragrance, and while it was noticeable, it wasn't unpleasant.   I also noticed that the areas I sprayed, had very little residue.  The spray seemed to be absorbed by the wood (I was spraying in corners where there were wood floors, stairs, and molding), and didn't leave any dark spots or stains.  After that, I started going all over the house, spraying the places where I'd seen insects most often, such as the bathrooms (where we get silverfish and some spiders), the basement and it's stairway, and around the entryways.  I sprayed a very small amount in each area, as I wanted to see how much would be needed to do the job.  

After the first application, I watched the most insect-prone areas for a few days, and the spiderwebs returned to a few, so I cleaned them up and re-applied the EcoSMART Home Pest Control spray, using a bit more than I had the first time.  That did the trick!  When it came time to vacuum the floors and stairs the following week, there were no more spiderwebs, not even in the corners of the entryway stairs, where they have been almost daily for years!  I also noticed that not once did I see a millipede on the basement stairway, and since I have to go up and down those stairs to do our laundry, this made me a happy girl!

Now I will no longer have to summon my husband to "get the bug!", or to spray for bugs (because I couldn't stand the smell).  I can do it myself with no mess, and no fuss.  Hooray!


Buy It
Check out the EcoSMART home pest control products are available at many online and brick-and-mortar retailers and can also be ordered from their website.


Win It
Thanks to Josh and EcoSMART, I'm giving away a Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle! This includes  Weed and Grass Killer (24 oz spray bottle), Garden Fungicide (24 oz spray bottle), Garden Insect Killer (24 oz spray bottle), and Insect Repellent (6 oz bottle). 


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PLEASE make sure your email is either linked to, or included in your comment. Entries will be accepted until May 2nd at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be drawn by random.org and validated per rules. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (except AK & HI).   The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply before an alternate winner is chosen. Good Luck!

Disclaimer/Disclosure: I received a free product as described above in exchange for my review.   The prize described above will be provided to the giveaway winner by the sponsor. I received no monetary compensation.   This is my honest opinion, and was not influenced by the sponsor in any way.

Apr 4, 2010