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EcoSmart Bed Bug Spray Review

Updated on November 1, 2017
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Eco-friendly bug killers are known to be safer than their chemical cousins.
Eco-friendly bug killers are known to be safer than their chemical cousins. | Source

About the EcoSmart Line

EcoSmart advertises themselves as the #1 selling green bed bug spray used by professionals and those who love to travel. This organic product is safe and specialized for the destruction of bed bugs. It does work but is more expensive than other alternatives.

This is one of the few reputable, green insects killers on the market. I am often hesitant to review green products, but I made an exception for this product. Natural products like this one lack strength, but harness natural substances to end infestations

Brand Information:

  • Manufactured by the KittRich Corporation
  • Headquarters in Pomona, CA
  • Other brands made by the same company are Fire Command, Echols No Bugs M'Lady, Little Twig, Promax and many others.

Does Eco-friendly bed bug killers work?
Does Eco-friendly bed bug killers work? | Source

Fullproof Your Plan

EcoSmart is recommendable to people who are committed to living an eco-friendly, naturopathic lifestyle.There used to be four sprays in their bedbug line, a gallon spray that is hard to find now. EcoSmart’s bed bug line can be used in combination with a complete organic bed bug plan.

Plan to Kill Bed Bugs:

This spray has a long list of cons scattered with intriguing pros. If your convictions demand an organic approach, then this spray might be for you.

The Company Behind The Product

EcoSmart was founded by Steve Bessette. He and his pregnant wife turned to a holistic lifestyle when they were young. Their bug spray line contains more than 20 different organic sprays.

These products are sprays, repellents, weed killers and garden fungicides. The insect killing granules do what they claim, and the fungicide works like a dream. The flying insect killer makes flies, including the annoying fruit fly, drop dead in their tracks without worrying about chemicals in your kitchen or bathroom.

It is their bed bug line that is under the most scrutiny.

EcoSmart claims over 15 years of scientific research. I educated myself about the company by using the product and communicating with customer service. In the end, my mind was made up. They have my respect for actually caring about their customers.

The company started out by researching botanical scents that are effective in deterring pests.

  • By 1995, they had found combinations that were lethal to most bugs.
  • By 2008, their line hit stores, such as Home Depot, as the first complete line of organic insect killer. This review is only meant to be for EcoSmart Bed Bug spray, not for the other sprays.
  • In 2017 they will release their own catalog.

Travel Sprays

Travel sprays are for use on mattresses and luggage, not people.
Travel sprays are for use on mattresses and luggage, not people. | Source

Travel Repellent

EcoSmart Travel Bed Bug Repellent is a great product. The travel spray is NOT to be confused with a repellent. This product SHOULD NOT be used on the skin, as instructed by the label.

The travel spray is merely for spraying beds and furniture when you travel. This line is not a long-term solution but does work well on a short-term basis.

The travel spray works well at protecting against bed bugs. This product is easy to use. All you need to do is lightly mist your luggage, hotel mattresses, and other furniture you encounter as you travel.

The ingredients from the travel spray label are:

  • Peppermint Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Water
  • 2-Propanol
  • Wintergreen Oil
  • White Mineral Oil
  • Polyglyceryl Oleate
  • Sodium Benzoate

Product For Mattresses, Carpet and Furniture

Some bed bug sprays can be used on mattresses and carpets.
Some bed bug sprays can be used on mattresses and carpets. | Source

EcoSmart Mattress & Carpet

Never use chemical insecticides on mattresses and carpets. Treating beds and floors can be tricky. This is where EcoSmart fills a necessary gap that addresses human exposure to chemicals.

Cons

  • The aerosol can is generally safe but can be a fire hazard.
  • It's expensive.
  • Effects are weaker than chemicals.

Pros

  • Eco-friendly
  • Can be used on beds
  • Can be used on Carpets
  • Is safe for homes with children and pets.
  • Can be used where chemicals can't.

The ingredients on the label are:

  • 2-Phenethyl Propionate
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Other Ingredients
  • Water
  • 2-Propanol
  • Wintergreen Oil
  • White Mineral Oil
  • Polyglyceryl Oleate
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Nitrogen

As a mattress spray, it works quite well and gives a person peace of mind. During my own experimentation, bed bugs will try to avoid any area sprayed with this, just as they would avoid pesticides. Also, when sprayed directly on bed bugs it does kill them.

EcoSmart Bed Bug Cracks & Crevices

Bedbugs flatten out, slipping into even the smallest of spaces. They hide so deeply that they can find refuge from sprays. Ecosmart Bed Bug Cracks & Crevices is designed to help users reach deep into the walls.

Their patented design is inventive. A special attachment delivers the natural poison deep into cracks, crevices and around baseboards. If you plan to use caulk to seal up spaces, then spraying this deep into the walls can help prevent further infestation.

I don't like that the attachment is so easy to lose. A swiveling attachment that snaps to the can would be more convenient.

The Ingredients on the label are:

  • 2-Phenethyl Propionate
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • White Mineral Oil
  • Wintergreen Oil
  • Carbon Dioxide

Have you used EcoSmart Bug Spray? Rate it!

2.9 out of 5 stars from 69 ratings of EcoSmart Bug Spray

EcoSmart Bed Bug Spray Safety

I do have some safety concerns. The product claims to be safe, but peppermint oils are known to trigger some asthmatics. I know this to be true because it triggered my child's asthma when I tried it in my home.

EcoSmart Bed Bug Sprays contain various levels of 2-Phenethyl Propionate, peppermint oil, and rosemary oils. These oils are mostly safe to use around cats, dogs, and kids. They claim to be 100% safe; however, as with anything in life, nothing is perfect.

When looking further into peppermint, one of the active ingredients in this brand, let it be known that peppermint essential oils are not for use on babies under 30 months old. This raises a concern. While this product might be safe for use around kids, how safe is it for babies?

The product might be considered safe, but I would like to see more research on its safety for children 2 and under.

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Some Thoughts To Leave You With

Those whose values, ethics, or philosophical principals call for ethereal solutions should consider using this EcoSmart. But, be prepared to spend more money.

Here are some ways to use EcoSmart Products:

  • The travel spray is not for use on people.
  • After using the mattress spray, use a protectant mattress cover.
  • Consider using more than one or two products in the line in combination with other extermination methods.
  • Learn about bed bug traps, and use them alongside the spray.
  • Be prepared to work harder.
  • Incorporate the use of other organic bed bug killers, such as diatomaceous earth.
  • Read all instructions on the label, and in the box.
  • If your bed is on wheels or posts, surround the whole post with diatomaceous earth and spray the bed as directed with the spray.
  • Do not spray the spray on the diatomaceous Earth, instead use DE anyplace that you do not use the spray. Used together, in a holistic manner, you can make your organic bed bug eradication a little more cost effective.
  • Use the Crack and Crevice, and seal properly. Then place diatomaceous earth under and behind all furniture.
  • Line dresser drawers with DE and spray the back and base of the unit. If you choose to do that, lay a piece of wax paper over the diatomaceous earth so clothing will not come in contact with it.
  • Eco Smart and diatomaceous earth seem to work well together. They are both organic and safe; except for people with lung conditions (my opinion). As with all bed bug sprays, you cannot stop there. You have to treat your whole home holistically to completely eliminate bed bugs.

Don't throw furniture, mattresses or beds away unless it is the last resort. You might be able to save these products by using an eco-friendly spray in conjunction with a sealed, zippered cover.

Personally, I would rather use a pesticide for whole house treatment, diatomaceous earth and perhaps use the EcoSmart for your mattress. EcoSmart does not seem to have the killing power and longevity of pesticides.

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      iriscutforth 4 years ago

      We had an apartment sprayed by a pesticide company and I sprayed the apartment with Ecosmart for bedbugs. The pesticide company did a second spray but I did not. The woman also used alcohol, a herbal oil for bed bugs and I gave her the earth stuff. She is working on a 3rd breakout. Either she is importing the bugs or she failed to follow the rules the first x as I had asked her to remove everything from the cupboards, cabinets do the curtains etc and she did not want to do it. The pesticide man did not want to spray the kitchen cupboards nor behind the fridge and stove but I made him do so. Secondly, the body louse resembles the bed bug to an extreme closeness and maybe scientist failed in identifying the female bedbug...rite? I think that they may be tied together and that people with bedbugs should do the louse treatment for hair and the scabies treatment for body lice. The body louse burrows into the skin and those bloody spots on the bed may be from them...rite?

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      Melody Trent 4 years ago from United States

      Your right viv, the smell can cause issues for some people. From my experience, only some people find the smell to be repulsive. Those who do can barley take it.

      More so, asthmatics, at .least 3 that I have personally seen, seem to have irritation from this product. Which is why I suggest that people with asthmatics in the house go straight to a professional.

      Candles will mask it, but not over power it. They won't break it down either. With a lack of ventilation this could cause a problem. Anyone who wants to use this product should test it someplace they can ventilate if they decide the smell is an issue.

      Let us know if you come up with a way to get rid of the smell, or how long it takes to get rid of on its own.

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      viv 4 years ago

      not sure yet if it has effected our problem. But so far it is causing another, the odor is sickening. Unfortunately our main problem area is in our basement so there is no ventilation. I have used Fabreeze in hopes it will help the smell, as well as candles, no luck so far. Not sure I will ever use this product again.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am amazed at all the wonderful natural products coming out that will solve bug problems and yet prove less harmful to animals and humans. Thanks for sharing this product information.