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FAQs: Plant-Based Pest Control

Why do some Maggie’s Farm products have a fragrance? 

The fragrance in the Maggie’s Farm botanical products come from the natural plant oils we use as active ingredients, which are all inherently fragrant.

An example of some of the plant oils we use in our products include cinnamon, peppermint, wintergreen, rosemary, lemongrass, and clove.

These same plant oils are also used in other consumer products for fragrance and flavoring purposes.

Maggie’s Farm products are formulated to make the fragrance as pleasant, soft, and non-lingering as possible.

We know that some people are more sensitive to fragrances than others, so we recommend you test spray a small area before using over a larger area indoors.

It is important to remember that the fragrance from our products is not harmful and generally dissipates shortly after use.

How long does the fragrance in Maggie’s Farm indoor products linger?

The fragrance in several Maggie’s Farm products comes from the natural plant oils we use in the ingredients.

The product fragrance is not harmful and generally goes away shortly after the product is sprayed.

The “longevity” of the fragrance indoors really depends on several factors, including:

  • How much product was sprayed. (It is important not to over-apply any insecticide product, including ours!)
  • If the product was applied to any absorbent material like carpets, rugs, or upholstery.
  • The relative humidity inside. (The fragrance will dissipate slower in high humidity conditions.)
  • The amount of air circulation in the area sprayed. (Without much air circulation, the fragrance will persist longer.)

If the product fragrance is too strong or too persistent, click here for things you can do to diminish the scent.

Our line of botanical, EPA-exempt products is made with plant oils such as rosemary, cinnamon, and peppermint, which are classified by the Environmental Protection Agency for “minimum-risk” pesticides. Every active and inert ingredient is approved as a food additive or classified as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Some tips when using our products around cats: Never directly spray cats (or any other pets) with plant oil-based products, and do not apply products in areas where cats frequent, particularly if they contain wintergreen oil. The Maggie’s Farm products that contain wintergreen oil are Home Bug Spray, Spider & Insect Dust, Mosquito Fogger, and Yard Bug Spray.

It is important to keep in mind that some pets, just like humans, may not like the fragrance of some plant oils, and may stay away from areas treated until the fragrance dissipates. 

Maggie’s Farm EPA-registered products, which include our insect baits and Bed Bug Dust, will not be harmful to pets if used as directed. 

If you have any questions or concerns about using any Maggie’s Farm product around your pets, please call our customer service at 816-379-5387, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. CST.


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