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Orange Guard pest control

Postby LJ4RockPebbler » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:35 pm

I purchased a product called "Orange Guard" which is a natural orange peel extract that kills insects on contact I have read. The product states that it's safe for pets but it doesn't specify birds. I'm worried that the orange scent might have some adverse affect on my bird. I also read that this type of orange peel oil is what's used for certain scented candles and I know that I can't use candles. My question then is, would it be safe to use this product around my bird. I don't know if anyone uses this product or has heard about this product but the feedback would be much appreciated.
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Re: Orange Guard pest control

Postby thesilversakura » Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:09 pm

I've done a little reading....I would quote websites, but I'm on mobile due to it being half three in the morning. Insomnia, amirite.

The active ingredient in Orange Guard is d limonene, which is classed as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by the FDA. However, on reading I found quite a few sources that describe it as having 'low to moderate toxicity' - it can cause mild to moderate side effects if it comes into contact with skin or eyes (reactions can be severe here), or is ingested. It may also cause respiratory irritation. Bearing in mind this is in humans, and you can generally take it as read that if something is mildly not good for us, it's gonna be a lot worse for our feathered friends. As for the other ingredients....they refuse to publish them except for saying it's 'water based' and contains 'an emulsifier' and '94.2% inert ingredients'.....not sketchy at all.

It comes in a spray bottle, meaning you're going to get very small particles of it floating around in the air even if you're careful. Now I don't know if that's enough to be irritating or toxic to a bird, but put it this way: if I spray anything that isn't water, or water with aloe, I aerate the room thoroughly before bringing Peach into there. Her lungs are so tiny, and she's the size of a canary almost....well, you know what they were used for :lol: I'm even careful with spraying perfume in the same room, which is close to my skin. I go outside, make myself smell nice, then come back.

Since the active ingredient can be considered irritating to humans and can cause the problems I mentioned above, I personally would be careful. Obviously the liquid itself will not come into direct contact with your bird, but the only worry I have is either with ingestion if your affected plants/surfaces are near your bird or the atomiser used to disperse it. If I had to use this product, I would aerate the room if I had an insect problem indoors (not common in a climate like England's is, but you never know) before bringing my bird in, and keep them away from any areas that the Orange Guard had been sprayed so they don't accidentally ingest any.

Bearing in mind this only is my two cents of advice, and there are many people on here with more experience with birds than I could dream of who will come to offer their (much better) advice soon. I may be totally wrong, but I like to think I err on the side of caution.
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Re: Orange Guard pest control

Postby LJ4RockPebbler » Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:52 pm

You said plenty to make me think twice. Thank you
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Re: Orange Guard pest control

Postby Pajarita » Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:27 am

Sounds like a good plan to me! My motto with birds is 'When in doubt, don't!"
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Re: Orange Guard pest control

Postby LJ4RockPebbler » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:56 pm

Any other ideas for a safe pest control?
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Re: Orange Guard pest control

Postby Wolf » Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:10 pm

What type of pests are we talking about? Many of the safer and more natural ways of dealing with pest are limited to certain types of pests, which is partially why their are so many different ones.
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Re: Orange Guard pest control

Postby LJ4RockPebbler » Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:02 am

These are cockroaches.
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Re: Orange Guard pest control

Postby Wolf » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:00 am

I will start searching for something to help get rid of them, but I would start with getting rid of any corregated cardboard that is in your home as they like to live in the corregations and eat the glue that holds the layers together.
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Re: Orange Guard pest control

Postby LJ4RockPebbler » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:54 pm

We've been using bay leaves in the infested areas which has seemed to control them a bit but not eliminate them. Bay leaves is something I actually found online so the search continues.
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Re: Orange Guard pest control

Postby Wolf » Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:19 pm

I remember posting a link to a natural way to get rid of roaches once before, I guess that it didn't work, but I never heard back to learn how well it performed. Any way I am still looking and will let you know as soon as I find anything that might help. I am posting now just to let you know that I am looking.
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