Are minimum-risk pest products safe? Dr. Killigan's insight


In the realm of pest control, safety is a paramount concern for homeowners, pet owners and environmental advocates alike. 

At Dr. Killigan’s, we champion their cause, standing as a beacon of safety. With a steadfast commitment to minimum-risk pest control products, we receive inquiries from customers who are keen on maintaining a safe environment for their families and their pets. 

Their safety concerns are met with our proven track record of delivering peace of mind through products designed with the utmost care for health and the environment. This trust reflects a shared goal: to manage pests effectively while ensuring the well-being of our homes and our planet.

Unpacking safety: Your guide to pest control

The concept of safety in pest control is multifaceted. It encompasses not just the immediate absence of harm, but also long-term health and environmental impacts. When someone asks if a pest control product is safe, they're often seeking reassurance on several levels:

  • Is it safe for my family?
  • Is it safe for my pets?
  • What about its environmental impact?

Responding to these concerns with blanket assurances like "It's so safe, you can drink it" does not adequately address the nuanced nature of safety. Instead, at Dr. Killigan's, we prefer a more detailed approach.

The essence of minimum-risk pest control


At Dr. Killigan's, we believe in a world where effective pest control and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive. Our mission is to safeguard the health of your family and pets while protecting our planet. This guiding principle influences every aspect of our product development, from concept to shelf.

Our commitment to safety is demonstrated through the meticulous selection of ingredients. We use only substances that pose minimal to no risk to human health or the environment, earning them an exemption from registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by the EPA. Our products are devoid of pyrethrins, permethrins, pyrethroids and other harsh chemicals, making them friendly to people, pets and even plants, wherever possible.

Communicating risk: The truth behind 'safe' pest control

In discussing the safety of our products, we emphasize the level of risk rather than making unqualified claims about safety. This distinction is crucial. Every pest control product has the potential to be toxic if misused or if exposure levels are sufficiently high. Hence, we focus on risk mitigation through:

  • Educating customers on the proper use and handling of our products.
  • Highlighting active ingredients and their profiles, underscoring our commitment to transparency.
  • Offering guidance on minimizing exposure to maintain a low risk of adverse effects.

Embrace nature's rhythm: The Dr. Killigan's way

At Dr. Killigan's, our philosophy goes beyond merely controlling pests; we aim to harmonize with nature's rhythms, adopting a comprehensive approach that respects both your health and the environment. Our methods emphasize natural and mechanical means to prevent and manage pests, entirely sidestepping the need for chemical pesticides. Here’s how we do it:

  • Enhanced sanitation practices: We champion cleanliness to naturally deter pests by eliminating their food sources and breeding grounds.
  • Mechanical exclusion and barriers: Our focus is on creating physical deterrents that safely keep pests at bay without harming them or the environment. 
  • Proactive monitoring: Vigilance is key in our strategy. By closely monitoring signs of pest activity, we can intervene early with non-invasive solutions, effectively managing potential issues before they escalate.
  • Commitment to environmental sustainability: Dr. Killigan's dedication to protecting the environment is evident in our product design and packaging choices. We utilize recyclable materials, including recycled paper for our moth traps, and offer products with reusable containers, such as The Insect Buster, designed to last a lifetime. For items like The Fly Inn, only the inserts need to be replaced, minimizing waste. 

    Smart usage: Maximizing safety with minimum-risk products

    While Dr. Killigan's products are formulated to be as safe as possible, responsible use is key to ensuring safety. We encourage customers to:

    • Read and follow all label instructions carefully.
    • Store products out of reach of children and pets.
    • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) as recommended.

    Spotlight on safety: 3 of Dr. Killigan's pest solutions

    1. Six Feet Under Plant-Powered Insect Spray: A closer look

    This innovative product blends the potent forces of clove and cinnamon oils with the unique properties of soybean oil. 

    Soybean oil, a key component, serves as the backbone of Six Feet Under’s effectiveness. By compromising their exoskeleton, it delivers a fatal blow to a wide range of insects — including cockroaches, ants, mosquitoes and moths. This action not only facilitates the deeper penetration of other essential oils but also suffocates the pests by obstructing their spiracles, (the openings through which they breathe). The result? A rapid shutdown of their metabolic processes, effectively serving their last breath.

    Complementing soybean oil’s physical assault, clove oil and cinnamon oil bring their own arsenal to the battlefield. Eugenol from clove oil and cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon oil work in harmony to disrupt the nervous system of the pests. These natural compounds ensure the insecticide's modes of action—inhaling, ingesting and absorbing—are both swift and deadly. Yet, for humans and pets, the spray remains a safe guardian, thanks to its plant-powered formulation.

    2. Dust to Dust Plant-Powered Insect Powder: Dual-action defense 

    Dust to Dust merges the potent properties of peppermint and rosemary oils with the physical action of silica. 


    Peppermint oil, with its high menthol content, acts as a powerful deterrent against a wide range of pests, providing a cooling sensation that is intolerable to insects. Rosemary oil, rich in cineole and camphor, disrupts the pests' respiratory function, making it an effective natural insecticide. Both oils form the core of Dust to Dust, offering a non-toxic solution to pest control by targeting insects' nervous and respiratory systems without harming the environment or non-target species.

    Silica, on the other hand, acts as a natural desiccant, targeting and breaking down the protective wax coating on insect exoskeletons, leading to dehydration. By aiding in the distribution and adherence of essential oils, silica significantly enhances the efficacy of the powder, providing extended protection against pests.

    3. Pantry Moth Traps: Targeted moth management


    Pantry Moth Traps utilizes the precision of pheromone lures, thus disrupting the moth lifecycle in a non-invasive manner and controlling populations effectively and humanely.

    Dr. Killigan’s Pantry Moth Traps blends the allure of specific pheromones with the simplicity of non-toxic, targeted control. These traps harness the natural attraction male moths have to female pheromones, effectively halting the breeding cycle and reducing moth populations without resorting to chemicals. This strategic use of pheromones draws in male moths with a precision that ensures they are captured before they have the opportunity to mate, providing a sustainable and safe solution to pantry pest problems.

    Together for safety: Joining forces with Dr. Killigan's

    In answering the question, "Are minimum-risk pest products safe?" we stand firm in our belief that safety is a shared endeavor. Dr. Killigan's commitment to crafting low-risk, effective pest control solutions marks the start of a journey towards a safer environment for all. By uniting informed choices with responsible product use, we can safeguard our homes, ensuring they remain sanctuaries of health, free from pests.

    Dive deeper into Dr. Killigan's safe solutions

    Embrace a new era of pest control with Dr. Killigan's. Join us in creating spaces that not only nurture families and pets but also respect the delicate balance of our planet. Every thoughtful selection you make contributes to a broader impact—one that champions safety, efficacy and environmental mindfulness.

    Ready to explore our suite of safe, effective solutions? Visit Dr. Killigan's Products Page to discover how you can make a difference in your home today. Let's embark on this transformative journey together, one choice at a time.

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