Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Testing out EcoSmart, the natural insect defense!

The nice folks at EcoSmart sent us a can of their Ant and Roach Killer last week and we got a chance to try it out!

We've been having some ant problems in our downstairs half bath. And there's a reason. That's where Wiggy, my kittie bro, eats his meals.

You see, when you have two pups and two kitties in a family, sometimes you have to be creative in how you feed 'em all. Wiggy is way too nice when it comes to his food, and tends to share it if any pup or other kittie wants some of it. So Mum feeds Wiggy where it's nice and quiet, and he won't be bothered or tempted to let others have his food.

But all that eating in the downstairs bath, which backs up to the garage, has enticed some ants to gather during the day to feed on what Wiggy has dropped off his plate. Mum didn't want to put anything that wasn't safe in that room for Wiggy, since that's where he eats, and since we're a green family. So we were anxious to try out EcoSmart's new insect repellent.

This is what EcoSmart says about their Ant and Roach Killer: "It kills ants, carpenter ants, cockroaches, crickets, pill bugs, silverfish, spiders and other crawling insects on contact. Unlike other insecticides, it is made from organic plant oils and kills bugs naturally to better protect your family. Plus, there’s no pesticide residue."

We checked the ingredients and it has some pretty doggone safe stuff in there:

Rosemary Oil ................................... 5.00%

Cinnamon Oil.................................... 3.00%

Other Ingredients*............................. 92.00%

*Water, Wintergreen Oil, Mineral Oil, Oleic Acid, Canola Oil, Carbon Dioxide, Vanillin, Lecithin

We know that some essentials oils, even though natural, aren't safe for us pups or the kitties, so after Mum sprayed she wiped up the access on the floor, along with the dead ants. And left a little residue on the baseboard where the ants were coming from. And guess what? Yep, no more ants for three days now.

The scent after spraying was pretty overpowering, so Mum closed the door and put on the air vent for a while. And she made sure that we stayed out of there for a day, just in case. But the nice thing is there aren't any bad chemicals in this spray, so she felt comfy allowing Wiggy to eat in there that evening, the next morning, then evening, and ever since.

Nice product! Thanks EcoSmart!

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