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Which retailers sell EcoSMART?
EcoSMART products are carried nationwide by a range of retailers. Please use our store locator at: www.ecosmart.com/shop/store-locator to find a retailer near you. Be sure to call the retailer first to check stock and availability of the product you are seeking.
How long does it generally take for the smell (scent, odor) to wear off inside your home?
Please search our FAQ using the keyword "fragrance".
Does EcoSMART support or use animal testing?
EcoSMART does not conduct any animal testing simply because we are not required to since all our products are classified as minimum risk by the U.S. EPA and therefore are exempt from registration (and therefore toxicity testing requirments). EcoSMART’s products qualify as minimum risk because all the ingredients we use are categorized as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) from the FDA since they are all food grade materials.
How do EcoSMART’s organic products differ from other “green” pesticides currently on the market?
There are several distinct differences between EcoSMART’s products and other so called “green” pesticides. To start, the active and inert ingredients in EcoSMART’s organic insecticides, herbicide and fungicide are comprised of all food grade material, and are all listed on the label. Another key difference is the fact that every EcoSMART product is classified as a minimum risk pesticide and qualifies for the U.S. Government’s highest safety standard. That is why EcoSMART products have the word “SAFE” prominently displayed on the front label…most other so-called “green” products do not. Another key difference is that while EcoSMART’s products are safe to be used around people, pets and the environment, the plant oils used as the active ingredients in EcoSMART’s products are very toxic to insects as it targets and blocks a neuro-receptor sie called octopamine that ist specific to insects. Mammals, birds and fish do not have these neuro-receptors so they simply metabolize the plant oils. Finally, it is important to point out that EcoSMART only manufactures green, organic pesticides while most other “green” pesticide products are produced by the large chemical manufacturers that generate most of their revenue on their conventional, synthetic products.
How do EcoSMART products work on insects? On weeds?
EcoSMART’s organic pesticides are made up of unique combinations of botanical oils, a class of chemicals called terpenes, that are widespread in nature. They have a similar make up to octopamine, an insect’s version of adrenaline, which regulates heart rate, metabolism, movement and behavior. (Read more under how EcoSMART products are safe and effective)
EcoSMART’s Weed & Grass Killer uses plant oils at levels that can provide the herbicide / burn-down activity needed to control weeds, unwanted grasses, etc. This action comes from loss of plant cell membrane integrity.
Can your products be used on animals?
EcoSMART does not currently produce any products for on animal use. For a list pet-approved products see EcoSMART’s partner, Sergeant’s Nature’s Guardian line.
Why do several of your lawn & garden products state it is recommended to test on plants first before applying to the entire plant?
Some plants/foliage are more sensitive to plant oils than others (especially tender new growth and blooms), EcoSMART recommends that their insecticide/fungicide products be tested on plants/foliage to be sprayed to ensure they are not sensitive to the plant oil active ingredients. It is important to also remember that other conditions could make plants more susceptible as well, such as if a plant is stressed due to drought conditions, etc.
Why do all the EcoSMART products have a fragrance?
The plant oils EcoSMART uses in their products are mostly all inherently fragrant. EcoSMART is limited on what plant oils can be used in their product line based on the EPA’s Minimum-Risk Pesticide Program (http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/regtools/25b_list.htm), The plant oils approved by the EPA under their Minimum Risk program include cinnamon, peppermint, wintergreen, rosemary, lemongrass and clove. These same plant oils are commonly used in other consumer products for fragrance purposes. EcoSMART formulates their products to make the fragrance as pleasant, soft and non-lingering as possible. In fact many users of EcoSMART products like using them as air fresheners! Because some people sensitive to fragrance, EcoSMART recommends testing the product in a small area before using over a larger area indoors.
Can the EcoSMART lawn & garden products be used around lakes, ponds, streams, etc?
EcoSMART products can be used around lakes, ponds, streams and other bodies of water since the plant oils used as the active ingredients do not persist in the soil and break down relatively quickly in water (up to 48 hours). Also, our products are not toxic to fish. That being said, EcoSMART products are not labeled (and therefore should not be used) for direct applications to water.
Why is there no EPA registration number on your product labels?
Because EcoSMART’s products only use food-grade ingredients, they are classified as Minimum-Risk pesticides by the U.S. EPA, and are therefore exempt from Federal EPA registration requirements under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
For more information, visit the website: http://www.epa.gov/oppbppd1/biopesticides/regtools/25b_list.htm
Are EcoSMART’s products as effective as conventional pesticides?
EcoSMART’s university-tested and field-proven technology has provided natural pest control solutions to the agricultural and commercial markets for many years. Our complete retail line of EcoSMART Minimum Risk pesticides are designed to provide safe and effective alternatives to conventional insecticides.
Why do some of your product labels say “kills and repels”?
The botanical oils in EcoSMART products have a similar make up to octopamine, an insects’ version of adrenaline, which can regulate heart rate, metabolism, movement and behavior. Because of the variety of octopamine functions in insects, each EcoSMART product is optimized and tested to provide a unique combination of active ingredients that can both kill on contact and impact pest behavior, such as repelling for a longer period of time.
What is the best way to minimize / eliminate the fragrance of your indoor products?
First, it is important to point out that the fragrance comes from the natural plant oils used in the active ingredients. Not from any toxic chemicals!!!
EcoSMART formulates their products to be effective while minimizing fragrance where possible. The fragrance will dissipate on its own over a short period of time. However, the “strength” and “longevity” of the fragrance is a function of several factors, including how much product was used, where the product was used, if the product was applied to any absorbent surfaces (i.e. carpet, upholstery, etc.), the relative humidity in the area sprayed, the amount of air circulation in the area sprayed, etc.
If you find that the fragrance is too strong and/or lingers too long there are several things you can do to minimize it:
1. Ventilate the room. Open up the windows and use fans to circulate the air.
2. Clean up any excess material. Wipe up excess residues on hard surfaces. Use absorbent materials (recommend baking soda products such as Arm & Hammer Odor Eliminator for Carpet & Room, Glade Carpet & Room, etc) to pull up remaining product on carpet, fabric and upholstery.
3. If fragrance is still troublesome, try using either a enzymatic product (Woolite Pet Oxygen Odor and Stain Remover, Out! Stain & Odor Remover, and Endust Floor Care Pet Solutions.) or odor counteractant product (Febreze and other products containing beta-cyclodextrin. Follow instructions on the product label and allow enough time for odor removal. Vacuum up excess material after application. Repeat application if fragrance is persistent.
4. Clean the area with a detergent and water as a final step to remove any remaining residues.
How long do I need to wait to go on the grass after using one of your hose end products?
There is no “official” waiting period advising people/pets to stay off a lawn that was just sprayed with an EcoSMART hose end product. However, in the spirit of “good safety practices”, staying off the lawn until the product dries is recommended.
Is EcoSMART as effective as conventional products?
YES! University research and field studies have proven EcoSMART’s botanical products are as effective as conventional pesticides in their ability to kill insects fast and provide effective control. EcoSMART pest control products have been used for more than a decade in professional and agricultural markets and have been proven to kill and control a broad spectrum of insects and other pests. In addition, unlike other botanical insecticides that use a single plant oil, EcoSMART’s formulas are comprised of patented plant oil blends that make the products significantly more effective against insects and other pests. Another key benefit is that, unlike many insecticides on the market, there is no known pest resistance to EcoSMART’s botanical active ingredients.
Do you have a warranty?
EcoSMART does not provide product warranties, other than the expressed warranties on the labels of our products.
How do EcoSMART products work?
EcoSMART’s technology is based on the natural defenses that plants and trees use for their self-protection against insects and pathogens. Unlike other botanical pesticides, EcoSMART’s formulas are composed of the most effective combinations of organic plant oils. EcoSMART’s patented technology combines plant oils that target and block a key neurotransmitter receptor site found only in insects and other invertebrates.