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A Chemical-Free Garden and Organic Insect Repellent

EcoSMARTgarden-insect-killer-largeGardens are a potential landmine when it comes to chemicals.  To me, it seems obvious that if you are going to eat the stuff that grows in your garden, you don’t want to be spraying chemical pesticides on it.  However, I can relate to the “ick factor” of creepy crawlies taking over your garden and also the helplessness of watching your hard work get eaten up by little critters.

And, if you’re sitting out there at night and it’s a bad mosquito season, the temptation to slather yourself with DEET is high.  Let’s face it, citronella is a fabulous bug repellent for 15 seconds, then it’s completely useless.  So, what to do?

I recently discovered the EcoSMART line of products which includes an organic insect repellent.  They contacted me about doing a giveaway of their products on my blog, but before I did so, I wanted to make sure the stuff really works.  So, they sent me their “Safe Plant and Garden Bundle” which includes their Garden Insect Killer, Garden Fungicide, Weed and Grass Killer, and Insect Repellent.

Their products use a blend of essential oils as their active ingredients to keep bugs and fungus in check.  The ingredient list almost reads like dinner.  For example, the fungicide includes rosemary, thyme and clove oils.  Their website states that you can spray and harvest on the same day.

One caveat about essential oils.  On a Natural Resources Defense Council website (http://www.simplesteps.org/greenpaws-products), they state that many essential oils are very toxic for cats.  One thing to note is that they are speaking specifically about flea and tick control products which come into very close contact with pets.

However, just to be on the safe side, I wouldn’t recommend any essential oil products for inside the home if you have cats.  With the great outdoors, I feel that the contact would be minimal and essential oils are a lot better than chemicals for you, the neighbourhood cats and the environment.

So far, I’ve tried the insect killer and fungicide on the miniature orange tree in our backyard.  Our little tree was suffering from spider webs, unknown little bugs and black spots on its leaves, but I’m happy to report that the leaves have gone from a sorry-looking yellow to a vibrant green and we’ve got 6 teeny oranges growing!  Yay!

Next to get field tested will be the organic mosquito repellent.  My husband is going camping deep in the backwoods of British Columbia.  He’s going to take the EcoSMART insect repellent with him and nothing else.

There’s a town in B.C. called “Malakwa” which is Chinook Jargon word for mosquito.  I’ve been there and the mosquitoes in B.C. are somethng fierce, although I’d name Northern Ontario as the no-contest winner of the most ferocious mosquitoes in the world.

I’ll keep you posted of how it goes.

Winner of the Safe Picnic Green Pest Control Giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our giveaway.  And thanks to EcoSMART for providing the prize, a Safe Picnic Value Bundle which consists of the following products:

  • Home Pest Control (24 oz spray bottle)
  • Flying Insect Killer (14 oz can)
  • Insect Repellent (Two 6 oz bottles)

The winner of our giveaway is a Cat Daddy living in North Carolina.

Stay tuned for another giveaway this month where we’ll be giving away sample packs of Prowl dehydrated natural raw cat food, courtesy The Honest Kitchen.

All Natural Pest Control – Safe Picnic Bundle Giveaway

Picnic season may be over where you live, but if you would like to be prepared for next spring and want to win a selection of green pest control products for your home and the great outdoors, enter our Safe Picnic Bundle Giveaway.

The prize consists of an EcoSMART Safe Picnic Value Bundle, featuring the following green home and outdoor products:

  • Home Pest Control (24 oz spray bottle)
  • Flying Insect Killer (14 oz can)
  • Insect Repellent (Two 6 oz bottles)

Visit EcoSMART’s website to read more about their all natural pest control. Or, click this link to go directly to their product page for home pest control.

HOW TO ENTER
To enter the Safe Pincic Budle Giveaway, simply click the link at the bottom of this article and you’ll be redirected to an entry form on my cat toy book website, MakeYourOwnCatToys.com.  Sorry, it’s not on Green Little Cat, but with the new baby in the house, it will be quite some time before I port the code over to Green Little Cat.

TRIPLE YOUR CHANCES TO WIN!

Because I’m really passionate about encouraging other cat lovers to go green for the health of their pets, families and the planet, I’ll triple your entries if you would be so kind as to help spread the word about greener living.  Please do one or more of the following:

  • Join our Facebook fan page
  • Click the “Share” button on the bottom of any Green Little Cat blog article to post it to your favourite social networking site.
  • Click the “ShareThis” link to email an article to a friend.
  • Send a tweet out on twitter and include our website: www.GreenLittleCat.com.
  • Tell a friend about Green Little Cat the old-fashioned way.

There will be a checkbox on the entry form asking whether you helped spread the word.  Check it to triple your entries.  Obviously, I can’t verify whether or not you did any of these activities.  It’s based on the honour system and I thank everyone for respecting the spirit of my request.  Some free cat food is definitely not worth compromising your integrity.  Thank you.

ENTER NOW
The giveaway is limited to U.S. residents in the continental U.S. (excludes Alaska and Hawaii).  Please enter a maximum of once per day and the deadline to enter the giveaway is December 31st.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Thank you.

Natural Green Pest Control

Green pesticides might seem like an oxymoron at first.  I never even thought to look for an eco-friendly insect killer because I simply assumed they didn’t exist.  However, a recent invasion of ants in the kitchen prompted me to look for natural ways to get rid of ants.

I tried my time-tested green method of keeping ants outside by sprinkling a line of cinnamon along the windowsill where they were coming in.  However, these ants were persistent and burrowed their way through this natural barrier.  I next considered using diatamaceous earth, but didn’t have a clue where to buy it around here.  Diatomaceous earth is composed of fossilized sea creatures that are ground up into a fine powder.  The powder is sharp and cuts into the waxy coating of insects when they come into contact with it.  This kills the bugs because they dehydrate from the cuts in their shells.

Serendipitously, I was contacted by a representative for EcoSMART about their green insecticides.  They asked to do a giveaway through my blog, but I wanted to ensure their products really were green before considering it.  I asked them to send me a MSDS for their product, which would list the ingredients and indicate if there were any toxic chemicals.

I learned that their Garden Insect Killer contains the following:

Active Ingredients:
Rosemary Oil ……………………………………….. 0.25{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8}
Peppermint Oil ………………………………………0.25{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8}
Thyme Oil …………………………………………….. 0.25{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8}
Clove Oil ………………………………………………. 0.25{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8}
Other Ingredients*………………………………. 99.00{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8}
Total …………………………………………………. 100.00{456796300b989ac2391159a2df073ed1ad38074dfcdb28494d5d1df8ab5972d8}
*Water, Mineral Oil (USP), Octadecenoic Acid Potassium Salt, Lecithin

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the product really is quite harmless for humans. However, I recently learned that many essential oils are actually very toxic for cats. That said, the article I read was referencing oils in flea products that are applied directly to a cat and would be ingested when they lick it off of their fur.

I guess you need to balance the toxicity of chemicals vs. essential oils and the likelihood of your cat ingesting the product, while also factoring in the environmental impact.  Being green is never black and white, is it?

The EcoSMART website said you can “spray and harvest” on the same day.  But does it work?

EcoSMART was kind enough to send me a bottle of the Garden Insect Killer as there are unknown bugs munching up the leaves of the miniature orange tree out back.  We started spraying the tree and I’ll let you know if it works.

About that giveaway…

Stay tuned.  I just have to set up the code for the contest, which I hope to do in the next couple of weeks.  Then, you’ll have a chance to win an EcoSMART Safe Picnic Value Bundle.  It’s still picnic weather where I live!


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