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Product Review: EcoSmart Garden Insect Killer

Updated on May 25, 2011
EcoSmart Organic Garden Insect Killer, only $53.76 a gallon.
EcoSmart Organic Garden Insect Killer, only $53.76 a gallon.

EcoSmart Garden Insect Killer By: EcoSmart Technologies

Shopping for garden and outdoor “goodies” for me goes hand-in-hand like cops and doughnuts or women and shoes. If it is outdoor/hardware/farm and garden, I am drawn like Jessie Jackson to TV cameras.

While I do not consider myself a whacko greenie, I do appreciate the virtues of non-toxic products for the garden, After all, somewhere down the road I intend to stuff my face with the rewards of my diligent labor, or silently gloat to myself how superior my home's "front-yarden" looks compared to my lazy brown-thumbed neighbor.

Thus, recently while shopping in one of my favorite garden centers, Zamzow’s Garden Center, (an Idaho home grown store since the 1930’s) I spied a product called EcoSmart Garden Insect Killer.

 

After reading the label and being satisfied that it met my personal standards for non-toxic ingredients, I decided to take the plunge for $9.99. The product is sold in your common 24 ounce hand spray bottle. The label claims to kill aphids and as my situation would have it, I had several colonies establishing the equivalent population of Los Angeles on my Lupines.

The EcoSmart web-shtick sounds awesome too. On their website, they claim to be: “the world leader in safe pesticide solutions, creating the world’s safest, most effective pesticides based on natural ingredients. 15 years of scientific research and a wealth of patents make the only 100% safe insecticide that is proven to work. They also “offer the only complete line of EPA exempt pesticides sold in the US.”

Sounds terrific, especially if you’re a Euell Gibbons fan.

I took the product home and gave it a whirl, attacking the green little devils as directed. Use of the product is pretty much idiot-proof (thank God) as you merely pull the spray handle and TADA! out sprays the magic. The product has a pleasing smell, much like tea-tree oil, if you care for that type of aroma. I did not observe myself gasping for air, or feeling faint in any regard by the smell.

I checked back on the colony two days later, hoping to find them eradicated. To my surprise, there they were thicker than a double espresso at the local coffee-klatch.

Little Green devils waging war on Harlan's Lupines.
Little Green devils waging war on Harlan's Lupines.

I gave them a second, very liberal dose, being more diligent than before. I pulled back leaves and saturated stems, and waged war on the life sucking invaders destroying my lupines.

Two more days pass and I returned for another inspection. Again, the aphids were thicker than Henry VIII. I decided to give it one more try before fetching five gallons of gasoline and a match. ( Harlan’s Rules: #1. Harlan wins. #2. If in doubt, refer to rule #1.) Again, I spray the aphids as directed and move to other garden chores. After a couple of hours, I decided to check on the battle front.

Here comes that stupid guy with his wimpy organic bug spray...
Here comes that stupid guy with his wimpy organic bug spray...

To the products credit, I found several aphids had passed on to that great rose-bush in the sky. Either that, or they were playing dead until I left. However, many were still defiantly busy carrying on with their life-sucking work as usual.

Conclusion:

EcoSmart Garden Insect Killer does work “kinda sorta” and its non-toxic ingredients are a bonus. However, the product is not as effective as one would expect it to be for $9.99, that's a $.42 cents an ounce or $53.76 a gallon. At $53.76 a gallon, I expect to see aphids raising a white flag of surrender and offering to pay reparations, not gathering reinforcements and wreaking further havoc on my poor defenseless flowers.

Perhaps the product works better on wimpy urban aphids in other parts of the country, but these stubborn rural Idaho roughneck aphids, seem ignorant of Harlan's rule. Tomorrow, they shall be educated, and no, I won't really use five gallons of gas. However, I may resort to a more traditional product. 

Again, the product does work, but I cannot honestly recommend the purchase of the product given my wishy-washy results.

Rating: one green thumb out of five.

- Harlan

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      TinaMarieTad 6 years ago from Michigan

      Harland, thanks for the review. I just purchased Ortho Grass B Gone, and sure wish the bottle had better instructions and more details on the plants that it is safe to use around. I found this to be the case on most outdoor chemicals. I have always wondered about the "non-toxic" garden products for insects. Nice to know ahead of time, since they are pretty pricey..Great Hub!

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      Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      TinaMarie,

      Thank you for the comments. I do like the smell of the product and the fact that its non-toxic. Sadly, it just hasn't worked and as you can see from my photo's my Lupines will not be very jazzy this year - which will give my brown-thumb nieghbor some hope for his sorry brown thumb. Ha ha...

      - Harlan

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      dashingclaire 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the entertaining and informative hub. Loved your comment - LOL! Too bad the product sucks. I have kids and a dog and I'm always looking for non-toxic. Too often the products are bogus.

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      Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      I like non-toxic, because I believe what you spray over a life time eventually affects your health and that of those around you, like a kid, a dog, a cat, bees... do people realise how important bees are?

      Anyway, I like to grow my own food as much as possible, that way I know what's in it, unlike store bought junk.

      Thank you for reading DC,

      -Harlan

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Now, that would definitely be something worth paying $9.99 for. Aphids carrying white flags of surrender, that is. Though, the thought crosses my mind that if they are able to still carry the flags, they ain't dead. :)

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      Fred 6 years ago

      I haven't used it for aphids, but my problem has been spider mites on indoor and outdoor plants. It is the only product I have tried so far, chemical or organic, that seems to kill them immediately. I will continue to use Ecosmart through the egg incubation period to see if this result actually eradicates the little devils but, so far, so good.

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      anastacio -from santa ana, california 6 years ago

      hey everyone, so far this eco smart flying insect killer seem's to work on fly's... any by accident i used it for ants seems that in our warm seasons.. we get flys and ants... well.. as i said .. it works... this bastards.. went crazy then died....go figure!

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      Don 6 years ago

      It is not certified organic either, seems like a false claim. The USDA would not be pleased.

      There are other choices that are more above board.Check Wise Solutions check http://wisesolutions.net/WS-CPC.html. Pest control companies use it professionally as a non toxic offering and consumers can buy it as well.

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      Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      Fred,

      Glad to see some good feedback on this product.

      Anastacio,

      Works on fies too! OK I will keep my bottle around then!

      Don,

      Thank you for a great add of information to this hub.

      Great input!

      Thanks everyone

      - Harlan

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      jamterrell 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, Great job.

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