Product Review: EcoSmart Garden Insect Killer
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.
Homepage for Zamzow's
- Zamzow's Home Page
Popular Idaho Garden Center
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.
EcoSmart Technologies Home Page
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.
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.
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.
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.