SPRAY SAFELY

 

Pat Rod Jennings’ father developed the
pet-safe Bugs ’R’ Done insecticide; she’s pictured here in her Forest Hills home
with her 14 year old cat, Apollo.

According to the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center ([888] 426-4435, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year), thousands of dogs and cats needlessly suffer and many die each year by accidental ingestion of household poisons, especially pesticides. No wonder animal lovers, this reporter included, just say no to the exterminator, refusing to spray pesticides in homes shared with pets. Happily, a new breakthrough means urban animal lovers won’t have to tolerate roaches, ants, flies, fleas and other unwanted visitors. BUGS ‘R’ DONE (bugsrdone.com) is a nontoxic, biodegradable spray insecticide made of botanically derived orange-peel oil. It kills and repels all of the above, plus mosquitoes, yet is safe enough to use around food and pets. Hard to believe, but I’ve sprayed the stuff in my animal house and it really is all that—plus, it leaves a room smelling like orange fragrance instead of noxious chemicals. Here’s how it works: "The breathing passages of insects are waterproofed by a wax lining," explains the spray’s inventor, Robert Rod. "The ingredients in BUGS ‘R’ DONE soften and dissolve this wax lining, clogging the passageways and quickly leading to the insect’s death.” Human users and animals," Rod is quick to add, "especially sensitive cats, dogs, and birds, all are unaffected, as is the environment. But bugs meet their match—none survive!” The product’s key ingredients are labeled GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and its Environmental Protection Agency-approved label puts it in the EPA’s least-hazardous category IV. That means it may be used freely in the kitchen, where bothersome pests — and beloved pets — tend to congregate.

Article by: Julia Szabo