LITITZ, Pa., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In early autumn there are more Wasps, Hornets and Yellow Jackets than at any other time of the year, and the Northwest has been seeing far too many of them. These aggressive swarmers have built up their colonies to up to 50,000 insects in a single nest, and as they seek places to nest in winter, they can end up inside cars and homes -- too close for comfort for most humans. Victor Poison-Free Aerosols, a new line of bug killers contain Mint Oil as the active ingredient, and have proven to be effective at killing insects, without hazardous effects to children, adults or pets. People have been swarming over them at Fred Meyer stores in Oregon and Washington. "According to American Association of Poison Control Central figures over 100,000 children and pets are harmed by household pesticide exposures each year," states Andrew Woolworth, Executive Vice President, Woodstream Corporation. "The Victor Poison-Free patent-pending sprays kill in seconds without health complications and unpleasant odors." In 1996, Americans spent more than $760 million on household pesticides and rodent control. Surveys cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicate that three quarters of all households in the U.S. use at least one pesticide indoors. The EPA estimates that 80 - 90% of exposures to pesticides occurs indoors. The Victor Poison-Free line includes Ant & Roach Killer, and Ant Killer, (suggested retail price is $2.99 - $3.99), as well as Flying Insect Killer and Wasp & Hornet Killer (suggested retail -- $3.49 - $4.49), and is rolling out nationally to hardware, home center, mass merchant and lawn & garden stores. The sprays keep on killing insects for up to four weeks. Sprays can be used directly on insects and on their nests indoors or out. Victor's entire line of aerosol products are certified "poison-free" by Scientific Certification Systems, an independent research organization dedicated to the evaluation of pesticide, chemical and other environmental products. Other poison-free products include Mosquito Barrier, a garlic spray that keeps mosquitoes away, Fly & Yellow Jacket Traps, as well as Roach Magnet traps which contain a powerful pheromone attractant that lures roaches and reduces roach dust, which has been known to cause asthma. Victor is a brand name of Woodstream Corporation, an EKCO Group Company. For more information on the new Poison-Free line or on other people-friendly pest products, call your Woodstream distributor or call 800-800-1819. Research data is available upon request, as are interviews with entomologists and other insect specialists. B-roll and usage shots available for these products!
SOURCE Woodstream Corporation