Is There Such a Thing As Green Pesticide? EcoSMART Says Yes


Finally, a pesticide that can rid your house of all those pesky children and animals. Oh no wait, scratch that. It’s SAFE for children and animals. That packaging had me confused.

EcoSMART claims to be the only 100% safe insecticide that is proven to work.

Their products are based on the essential oils from plants and trees that the flora themselves use as natural defenses against insects and pathogens. According to their site, “EcoSMART’s proprietary botanical oil blends attack attributes that are specific only to pests, they have no effect on people, pets or the environment.”

And, according to their site, all the active ingredients in EcoSMART are FDA approved. In fact, they’re often found in cake, soft drinks and lipstick. Yum.

In addition to touting their eco-friendly pesiticides, EcoSMART is also raising awareness about harmful chemical pesticides in schools and playgrounds. They promote federal school pesticide/pest management legislation to protect children from hazardous pesticides used in and around schools while selling their product. How convenient.

Everything about this brand, that has been in existence for “many years,” sounds great. So why have I not heard of it until now? I praise this company for drawing attention to the problem of toxic pesticides in schools and playgrounds. My big question now is, does it work? I just purchased a 14 oz. can of “Flying Insect Killer” from their website. So stay tuned…

Audrey is a freelance copywriter. She has worked with every kind of company, helping them to communicate their message of sustainability. Careful to never greenwash, Audrey believes that transparency in marketing is just as important as branding. And that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive. When she's not blogging, marketing sustainability or writing radio commercials for Chinese food, you can find Audrey rock-climbing, riding her bike around San Francisco, or looking for work (she's available for hire, call now!)

3 responses

  1. Interesting…I’ve never heard of this company either. Of course, the chemicals they are using in their product are in much greater quantity than found in nature. And I am trying to avoid chemical additives that are deemed “safe” in my lipstick, cakes and soft drinks. There could be side effects on humans and other animals that we just don’t know about yet…it still makes me nervous.

  2. I was ready to believe this was all greenwashing hype but I went to their website. It has a lot of info about the company and the product, which appears to show significant scientific work done on their product and serious overview from real scientists. They are very explicit that their claims and wording come from EPA definitions of what they can and cannot claim. Given that the founder is a lawyer, it makes sense that they would be careful about what they say. Now… does the product really work…

  3. yes the chemical works. I use it where i work but my biggest problem is getting a supplier beside the local hardware I use the wasp spray and ant spray and a few shrub and tree items. I even went to the seminar in Texas a few years back.It is just another chemical I can use in my endevor it keep my areas clean . I do like like to use the word safe. I start with the less impact method then work my way up, but I very seldom if any use anything above a caution.

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