For the first four years of Condo living this arrangement worked out very well. Until now. Some sugar ants decided to test my theory and infiltrated my kitchen via the threshold of a sliding glass door. Oh, I could squash all I wanted but more came. I tried caulking up the crack under the baseboard where those itty-bitty ants entered The Condo. That worked for about a day until the ants ate through the caulk laughing at me all the way- ha ha HA!
So why didn't I just pull out the bug spray, you say? One small problem. His name is Blitzkrieg. My dog likes to pull sentry duty right in front of that sliding glass door. Any bug spray that I use to kill the ants on the floor by the door will probably get on or in him, since he likes to lick his paws. And while I want to kill bugs I don't want hurt my dog.
Therefore, when EcoSMART Organic Insecticide contacted me about sponsoring a contest on my blog I jumped at the chance to try a free sample. I tried the EcoSMART Ant and Roach killer. It is made from organic plant oils (rosemary oil, cinnamon oil, wintergreen oil, mineral oil, and canola oil) and is supposed to kill bugs naturally. It is safe to use around children and pets.
But does it work?
Yes it does.
Before trying the Ant and Roach Killer inside The Condo near the screen door, I tried it outside on the porch where lots of spiders like to hang out and sometimes come in through my open windows. A few tiny spiders on my interior windowsill proved to be excellent test subjects. I sprayed them with the EcoSMART and watched them quickly keel over. Dead. Honestly, they flipped over on their backs just like the cartoon bugs do in the TV commercials for those not-so-child-and-animal-friendly and not-so-organic pesticides. EcoSMART also gets bonus points for smelling like wintergreen oil as the Ant and Roach Killer was dissipating in the air as the bug spray was doing his job as the spider slogged through it on my windowsill (not that I gave it the big sniff test like I did the low VOC wood glue.)
The only downside to the EcoSMART Organic Insecticide is if you use it indoors there may be some excess product left behind after you spray it on a surface. Although this might have more to do with my overzealous and heavy-handed spraying than the product itself. If this happens to you, EcoSMART recommends that you wipe up the excess product. Despite the excess sprayage, I will definitely continue using this product.
Now here comes the exciting part! EcoSMART is allowing you - my fabulous readers - to try one of their products for free! This giveaway (and I might add this is my very first contest giveaway) will be for one can of EcoSMART Organic Insecticide and you get to choose from EcoSMART Ant and Roach Killer, EcoSMART Flying Insect Killer, or EcoSMART Wasp and Hornet Killer.
Here's what you have to do. There are three ways to enter the contest. You can do one, two, or all three.
1. Leave a comment (complete sentences please) about the contest on my blog and tell me which EcoSMART product you'd like to try. Make sure that you leave an e-mail address or contact information so I can contact the winner.
2. Sign-up for the Condo Blues RSS feed. Sign-up for the feed and leave a separate comment telling me you did so. Again, make sure that I have you leave an e-mail address or other contact information in case you win.
3. Write a post on your blog about the Condo Blues EcoSMART contest and include the URL of my contest page in your blog entry. Tell me in a separate comment on my blog that you did so and the URL of your blog post. Make sure that you leave an e-mail address or other contact information in case you win.
Remember that you must leave a separate comment on my blog for each method of entry because I will use a randomizer to select the winner. The contest will run from September 15 - 19, 2008. I will use a randomizer to select the winner on September 20, 2008 and contact the winner. This contest is open to US residents only.
Good luck and let the games begin!
Blog Post Updated 8/15/08 2:26 PM (EST): I wrote this contest post last week and scheduled ahead of time to run today. However, due to the massive damange that Hurricane Ike has left in it's wake from Texas to Ohio (as of this writing over 289,000 homes & buisnesses are without power in Franklin County due to the high hurricane force gusts that blew through Central Ohio last night) it doesn't seem right to run a contest this week, so I'm canceling it for the time being and will reschedule it at a later date.
Everyone in The Condo is safe and sound and we are one of the very few neighborhoods that are lucky enough to have electricity. Many of my friends do not and I'm in the process of calling around and offering up the spare space in my refrigerator to those who may need it. I'll post a little more on this tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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