slowpoke45 Poughkeepsie, NY (1 review) March 22, 2019
I live in deer tick territory. During bad seasons, I've had pulled 10 off my pants from the short walk to the car from my front door in seconds. This stuff does kill them, and certainly helps to repel them. Also kills spiders, mosquitos, various smaller flying insects. The smaller the bug, the faster the kill. Small ticks and spiders are killed immediately. You can spray it directly on skin. It's great.
HOWEVER.. I decided to make my own. Because is very expensive and I need more than I can afford. And I like to make my own garden sprays. Cedar oil is effective as the active ingredient, but hard to thin and disperse and still be effective.
The thing is, they have a very misleading (borderline fraudulent) claim of "liquid quartz" or "hydrated silica". Neither of these things is really true. Those are actual terms for substances that are absolutely not in this product. I suspect the chemical they use to suspend the cedar oil may have some killing power, but is mostly a silicon based super fluid used as a carrier in many cosmetics. It's not easily obtained for DIY. But, it really bothers me that they would misrepresent the ingredients to deter copycats. Evidently they've had legal issues with this as well. Check one of the other reviews above for a link to that.
Anyway, the product works pretty well, but is expensive and has dubious product information, which might make one doubt the safety. I'm not worried about safety so much, but wish there was an effective alternative, or some translucency on the company's behalf.
Posted on March 13, 2016, updated March 18, 2016
I needed to get rid of fleas and bought the Best Yet as well as the Vets Choice from Cedarcide over a year ago. I found that although best yet repelled fleas, it didn\'t really kill them. The damn things would always return (or hatch). Then about a year passed and I noticed the Vets Choice concentrate still at my place. I decided to try it. What I found was that if I mixed a good amount of Vets Choice with water in the spray bottle, that once i sprayed my truck, both the cab and the camper (i\'m a dog walker), that it killed the fleas and any eggs. It needs to be a strong mix as a light mixture won\'t kill the fleas and eggs. Vets Choice is now my go to and I just bought another bottle. Be aware though, it\'s best to spray the strong mixture the night before because if they get the strong mixture on them via a morning application, they tend to eat grass on our outing. It won\'t have the same affect with a lighter application.On March 18th, 2016, moo2 changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
Ok, I just started using the newly purchased Vet's Choice and it's not working. I use the same amount for the mixture with water and it does not kill the fleas. I'm a dog walker and need to spray the interior of my truck and camper daily in case a client dog's flea meds aren't working, a or dog picks up a flea from the park. The cedar concentrate is a lighter amber than the older one I used. I am not sure if it's because letting the other bottle sit for over a year made it more potent or something changed. I guess i'll just have to wait a year and try it then.
I ordered CedarCide Pet Package on July 25th. I ordered the products because the web site said they were Organic. I wanted a safe shampoo I could use on my dog to prevent fleas. I was a little concerned when i did not see a list of ingredients on their web site for their products, but I ordered them anyway and that was MY mistake!
I was sent a confirmation when I placed my order but was NEVER notified that my order was shipped or even given a tracking number. I placed a call to them to ask them if there was Tea Tree Oil in their shampoo because it is toxic to dogs. I was not given a straight answer. I asked why there was no list of their product ingredients on their web site. Again, I was given no answer. I was sent an email with the listed ingredients of their cedar "flavored" shampoo. I am posting a copy of what I was sent here:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate,
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,
I did a Google search for the following ingredients: Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Cocamide DIPA
From the web site //www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/keeping-bath-time-safe-for-your-dog/, I found the following information on ingredients in dog shampoos to avoid:
Cocomide DEA or MEA
Notice this foam producing ingredient has the trendy ďCocoĒ prefix that some people would assume is coconut derived. That assumption would be right. But what the same people might not realize is that this substance is chemically altered to the point of being a moderate cancer causing ingredient, hormone and thyroid disruptor, and an organ toxin. Yikes.
This ingredient sounds like a coconut married a chemist. It is an environmental toxin that affects the immune system. Itís derived from coconut oil but the end product is anything but natural.
On doing research for the Cocamide DIPA, I found this web site with the following information: //www.fbcchem.com/chemical-formulation/finally-a-coconut-amide-without-prop-65-warnings-or-other-baggage/
"Cocamide DEA, however, shows high irritation potential, especially to those with skin allergies."
My dog has sensitive skin and has numerous allergies. I called the company and told them I was refusing the package and that it was coming back to them. I had paid for my purchase through PayPal and decided to file a claim after I read all the negative comments on here regarding the way the company handles correspondence, returns, charging a restocking fee, etc. When I called them and ask them if I was going to be given a hard time when the package was returned, I was told no, but after reading all of the negative comments, I do not want a hassle.
I also suggested to them that it would be beneficial if they would list the ingredients of their products on their web site so that consumers could make informed decisions. I was told that they had material data sheets on their web site. I could not find them. I was also told that the ingredients in their products were "proprietary" but if someone asked for them, that they would be given them, which was the case for me.
I should have done more research before I ordered their products. I will make SURE I do this the next time!
I am not happy that the editor of Daves Garden have not pulled down negative reviews from people that have not even used the product or used the product incorrectly.
In my opinion, having purchased CedarCide Original (formerly BEST YET) more than a dozen times, this is the only thing that gets rid of a lot of pests in my house.
I have killed fleas, lice, asian bettles, and house spiders with it. We have lice in my house again (gotta love school) and Cedarcide was the first place that I turn to. But when searching for a deal, I see this crap with negative reviews from people that haven't even purchased the product. Holy Cow!
My suggestion, try it yourself. If you don't like it. Don't buy it again. But when you do like it, it will be your go-to for everything. Either way, review it. And for the love of all things natural, if you haven't bought the damn thing, don't write a negative comment about it.
Cedarcide's product Best Yet Bug Spray is a very good product for bed bugs. its really work.
David8512 Aspen Hill, MD (1 review) March 26, 2014
I run a small Exterminator Company in the Washington DC area, and have been using Best Yet from Cedarcide for about 4 years. We specialize in Bedbugs, and find this is an invaluable part of our IPM approach to eliminating Bedbugs in residential properties. We have watched this company grow, and go through some growing pains, and come out smelling like cedar(which is much better than toxic pesticides. We combine this with a very modest application of Diatomaceous Earth. I realize that it doesn't work for everyone. However, there is no resistance buildup to this product. If there was a magic solution to the pest problem, everyone else would be out of business. That said, with the proper application(do NOT water this product down) and persistence, we have a 92% success rate in eliminating this most difficult of bugs to treat. It smells good and works. What else could you want from a pesticide?
Some basic science knowledge and use of Google are all that's needed to determine what you need to know about this product.
In numerous places, CedarCide is described as refined cedar oil combined with "melted quartz." Quartz is just silicon in crystal form. In other words, it's the same material as glass. Melted quartz is molten glass, which melts at 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. There's no way to combine a natural oil with molten glass. Sometimes con-men like to thumb their noses at their marks. Sometimes they deliberately make their pitch so transparently false so that they only have to deal with the most gullible part of the population.
Also, take a look at this:
clarita995 Fredericksburg, TX (1 review) May 15, 2013
I have been using cedarcide products for about 6 years now and have absolutely no complaints.
I do my orders over the phone and have never had any problems there either.
"Best Yet" has never failed me and at the present I'm playin around with their granules as I've seen a few scorpions wandering around outside and they have to go elsewhere.
What I'm not understanding is how a product is working for some and not others.
What I have learned is that there are sellers over on amazon etc selling it for less than the manufacturers "store" which makes no sense.
I'm wondering if those with negativity purchased a diluted or counterfit item ?
moderator,please let my response to those with negative replies get out as maybe that is the problem ?
We ordered the cedarcide granules because we had a major problem with scorpions and spiders in our house. We live out in the country, and didn't want to use anything harmful to nature. After my husband spread the granules under the house, and around the perimeter of the house, we have not seen a single scorpion or spider inside. I don't think it kills them (no dead bodies), but they definitely don't like the smell! I am not sure how long this stuff will work, but if I start seeing scorpions again - I will know what to do!
I have a terrible mite infestation and it has been on-going for over three years. I have moved 4 times and have used this Cedarcide product for over a year with no results. This company refuses to reply to my requests as to why this product has done nothing to reduce mites. I have fogged my car over 50 times and apartment over 60 times with no reduction of the mite population over the year. All this product does is smell up the car and apartment with a cedar smell and leave a fine oil on the surfaces. The mite population actually increases and the biting increases with each application. I am disgusted with this company and it their products as advertised to kill mites should be banned and the company taken to court. Do not buy products from this company for the treatment of mites for it will do nothing and is a waste of time and money. This company lies on the phone and avoids all questions when you ask them how and why the products are not working on killing mites. Avoid these ripoff con artists. Cedarcide Best Yet treatment for mites is a ripoff and a scam.
Rick2012AZ Scottsdale, AZ (1 review) November 21, 2012
After having a guest stay with us for a few weeks we discovered he had brought with him in his luggage, bed bugs. We were very upset to read reports on the internet that bed bugs are difficult if not impossible to get of. There are just so many places for them to hide, while they can remain alive in an almost dormant stage for months, not requiring the uptake of human blood. A through exam of the house had shown that they were alive and well in different stages, larvae through adult clusters in two of the bed rooms and a major infestation on the family room sofa, the one place this guest slept.
Luckily we found the Cedarcide website and were somewhat relieved to find a product that claimed to be effective in exterminating these disgusting bugs that live on human skin and blood. I might add that the cedar oil was recommended as useful and effective also by someone I knew who had experienced an infestation in his home a few years prior. I am happy to say I ordered a gallon of the pure cedar oil, followed the recommended protocol and was completely successful in ridding my home of the bed bugs. It takes a little persistence, repeat applications, but the product works. I did not have to spend a small fortune like so many have when contracting a pest control company. Thank you Cidarcide!
I saw an ad in Mother Earth News for Best Yet by Cedarcide. I have tried numerous times to call the number on the ad which is the same phone number listed on their website.( I am very interested in natural flea control for my dogs.) I either get a fast busy signal, it rings and rings or get a message stating "the Sprint mailbox is full". Just not comfortable ordering from a company that cannot be contacted. They also do not have an email address listed either.
I purchased the "Biting Insect Spray" and used it as recommended--it worked well up until the heat snap where we had temps in the 90's. then it was a flea nightmare. I sprayed my cat (shehates the smell btw) and i found the pungance of the spray to be almost unbearable till I watered it down a bit (1 to 3 mix).
Sprayed it on her fur and combed it in, sprayed it in various places (rugs mainly) and no avail, it just seemed to piss them off and make them hop on me.
Im glad people have had positive experiences with the stuff, but i did not. As I type now I can feel the little tiny baby ones hopping on me (bleah). I ended up getting my kitty the old reliable flea collar and sprayed the tv room with zodiac flea spray which seemed to do fine (closed the door and kept it closed with a towel under the door) bedroom is next.
Im really disgusted that i have to deal with this--alas they willl not have a returning customer (and Im heavy into herbal stuf too).
Oh and yes, the website is difficult to navigate and the contact info is hard to find. I havent bothered calling them, Im just going to use the stuff up (it does some good just not the degree of what it claimed.)
My 15 pound dog was scratching so violently and keeping us awake -we were helping him scratch for a few days. He has a heart problem so we didn't want to use the pesticide applications. Our vet said he has an allergy to flea saliva - which causes a type of staph infection on his skin (I didn't notice anything but vet says it makes the skin feel waxy).
We got two weeks worth of Clavamox 125 mg (antibiotics, 2 times a day) and a shampoo called KetoChlor (bath 2 x a week)
We saw a vast difference in 2.5 days and for a whole week thereafter. Then we went to Atlanta and I stopped the antibiotics after 8 days cos I didnt want more medication in him. Needless to say, he started itching again. We are now home and we got another batch of the Clavamox. Ask your vet about this. We're from Southern California. But it doesn't kill fleas.. but if your pet is allergic to flea bites, even one flea will drive your dog crazy.
I purchased a bird mite kit from Cedarcide for $650 in a panic. I went to the dermatologist and received a scabies diagnosis and called to cancel my order within two hours. I was told the item had already shipped and I would not be able to receive a refund until they had received the product from UPS. I let UPS know I wanted to refuse the product. I received email notification from UPS when the item was shipped back to Cedarcide.
Months later, after several phone calls and receiving the runaround from Cedarcide, someone from their shipping dept. verified that they had received the merchandise and would check into my refund. I was told a manager would call me. Over a month later, mr refund was never processed so I called again and was told that the company now had a "No return" policy. This was never stated to me during my purchase, nor by the representative I spoke with merely hours after I had placed the order. I was told I needed to email their customer service dept. if I was inquiring about a refund.
I received an automatically generated email stating I would be contacted within 24 hours. I was never contacted. Finally, I filed a dispute with my credit card company. Cedarcide is now denying they received the return and now the onus of proof is on me to prove that they received it. I can prove it through UPS but will have to spend time on the phone, etc.
Cedarcide may have a great product. I have no idea. Unfortunately, they are an unethical company with atrocious customer service. I'm sure there are other companies that are more trustworthy and know how to treat their customers.
surgite1971 Saint Marys, PA (1 review) February 2, 2012
We are looking at possibly purchasing some of this product.
It markets itself as an "organic pesticide" but nowhere do I see any indication that it is certified "organic" by an accredited organization. I can't find it in OMRI, I don't see it anywhere on their website. For claiming it falls under a pesticide (as opposed to a natural fiber, etc.) that is organic, wouldn't that fall under the USDA/NOP...and thus need to have a certifier to verify their claim?
Could anyone form Dave's Garden, or anyone else, help shed some light on this?
My wife and I attended the International Orchid Show in Santa Barbara in March of 2011. We stayed at one of the motels along the Pacific Coast. My wife is overly sensitive to dust, bugs...just about anything... while I could sleep in dirt up to my chest. When we first arrived at the motel we relaxed on the bed before going out to dinner and my wife got all itchy, nutsy about the bed. I had brought along a four oz. spritzer of Best Yet pesticide because of the bedbug scare that was ongoing at the time, never figuring I would ever use the stuff.
I suggested we spray the mattress, blanket and the rug around the bed and see if after dinner she would still feel so antsy. Got back - no problem. Was it in her mind? d/k, but she was pleased. So now I never travel without the stuff.
My experience with CedarCide Industries has been impressive so far...and I haven't even tried their product yet! I spent over an hour on their website reading about flea prevention/protection for my dog. So, I ordered a kit from them online, then had regrets over the price. I called and left a voicemail request to cancel my order. Within an hour, they responded to my request to cancel the order and reverse the credit card charge. Then, they processed my 'revised' order which gives me the opportunity to try their product without spending $$$ on an entire kit. My order will arrive early next week (order placed on Friday). I'll report the results in a couple of weeks from now...
rrronin Naperville, IL (1 review) October 19, 2011
Spend your time and money elsewhere! Used a full quart as directed to eliminate a bed bug problem, a waste of $34 + shipping. No improvement whatsoever, not to mention an exhorbitant cost and no guarantee to back the product. Very disappointed!
melvikitty Long Beach, CA (1 review) August 29, 2011
I live in an apartment with 2 cats. Fleas were so bad that both cats avoided walking on the carpet. If they HAD to they jumped off the table and raced in to use the litter box or quickly to eat their food. They stayed above ground as much as possible. If I walked around sometimes I would have 5 or 6 fleas that I would tweezer off my feet or legs. It was horrible. I didn't want to use anything toxic and I found this product. Had to order on line. Couldn't find a pet store nearby that sold it. Vacuumed, Sprayed every inch of carpet. managed one shot at the cats. (They hated it) Apt smelled horrible. I knew it was working because if I walked onto the portion of carpet I sprayed, the number of fleas that jumped on me doubled. They obviously wanted out of there. I sprayed and sprayed. Didn't vacuum for 3 days. During the 3 days tried to mist the cats, had to sneak it on them while they slept. Still some fleas but not as many. Vacuumed. 4th day Sprayed again , Still some fleas. 5th day spot sprayed here and there. 6th day, cats staying on carpet a bit longer. 7th day spot sprayed, vacuumed. 8th day spot sprayed again. Finally by probably around the 10th or 11th day, I realized I had no more flea bites, cats were lying on the floor. Till this day, 4 weeks later I HAVE NO MORE FLEAS! Nothing else was used.
I looked into this and discovered by testing some product from a friend's shipment that it had zero anti-flea activity unless the oil(which seems to be all it is) covered the flea. Now oil kills fleas by mechanical interference with their breathing, and you can use baby oil for a lot less than cedercide - if you can tolerate an oily cat for a few hours - wash the cat and do not use motor oil.
I suspect the entire cedarcide empire is fraudulently based and preys on people who are sold by their natural appeal. So look for other negative reviews here and there and save your $$.
By the way, the flea killers that you place on the neck of your pet are not toxic to your pet. They wreck the fleas natural cycle
Really, at this time I can only give Cedarcide a neutral rating because it really doesn't control the fleas like it claims. Within a day of washing my dog and applying the Cedarcide spray we found fleas on him. This, after washing him, his bedding, all blankets, outside bedding, etc. It does kill the fleas, but they come right back. Also, it makes his coat very greasy for a couple of days--not very attractive. I'm happy that it's non-toxic, but I wish it worked longer than a couple of days. I hate the fact that the spot-on drops were toxic to my animals, and I'm sad that I was duped into using them. Right now I feel I have no other recourse than to use the Cedarcide, but it isn't as effective as I think it should be, and it is expensive. Almost as expensive as the drops, because you have to use a lot more of it.
Several years ago I had a terrible flea infestation. I had spent more money than I could afford on all sorts of pest control products that did not work. I have flea bite allergies and developed a rash that covered my arms and inched incessantly. I discovered Cedarcide and bought a gallon of the cedarcide bestyet and the fumigator machine. After just one fogging, the problem was so much better. After respraying once a week for several weeks, there were no more fleas.
That was probably 4 yrs ago..yesterday I started to feel itchy and saw a flea jumping off my arm. I wasted no time..I just ordered another gallon of bestyet insect spray. A hundred dollars for a gallon of flea spray may seem expensive, but compared to the agony of being eaten alive by fleas.. it is a real bargain
Oh, and my fogger is still working just fine.. though I will warn you not to leave the cedar oil in the machine when not in use, it eventually degrades the rubber seal.
I bought over $900 of Cedarcide Shield for my brand new fence and it did not do what it was suppose to do.It was suppose to stabilize my fence from expanding and contracting and to maintain the original color .It did not do any of it . I called the Better Business Bureau and The texas Attorney Generals office and also the attorney Generals office in Florida and they could not do anything about getting me a refund. They do not stand by any of there products .They will promise you all kinds of things until they get your money. Do not try to get your money back ,they will just blow you off with fancy words . Dave Glassel is the owner and he blew me off . They do not guarentee anything.
gymgirlp Arlington, VA (1 review) February 26, 2011
I ordered the gallon, it works on bed bugs, just spray everything, then 2 days later do it again.
I swear this is all true. My nearly 2 year embarrassing, humiliating nightmare began Summer 2008 with a never-ending flea infestation - multiple bombs and sprays would not touch it. After 2 months I finally killed the fleas by dumping epsom salts on the floor of my rented camper a half mile from the beach. Invisible things were still jumping from the floor (not fleas, maybe collembola springtail mites, they live on fleas). My cat had bumps on her chin but wasn't scratching but she was in distress climbing as high as possible to escape the floor jumpers.
The outdoor area: a big old messy tree overhead in an empty lot closeby with tall tall grass newly cut, hundreds of pigeons overhead sitting on power lines, the neighbors complained about pigeons on their roofs.
All of a sudden at work I was horrified to realize I had about five small bugs racing around my body. Later at home I happened to turn and in the light clearly see with my own two eyes 3 delicate mites swan diving in a row into my shoulder. I felt them racing around in my clothes and bedding. I infested my car, my workspace, everywhere. Never any itching, no visible marks, Birdmites.
Because I infested everywhere, I quit my job, moved, became nearly homeless and broke. A year into my nightmare it dawned on me that when I lived in the camper I had left the rooftop air conditioner on all day for the cat when I was at work. I read up about pigeon mites/lice/fleas and it made sense, their droppings must have covered the AC. The tall grass newly cut and the messy tree could have had collembola and pigeon mites too.
I discovered Best Yet by Cedarcide Nov 2008 and it saved my life. Dr. Ben Oldag (entymologist), Dave and Danae are all saints in my opinion. I fogged with it and used the personal sprayer (watch out it kills electronics cover air vents!!). Months later I learned that oral Ivermectin (apple horsepaste was my choice, sad but true, and cheap!) and topical Pomado de Azufre 10% sulfer cream (and the soap) and Arm and Hammer powdered laundry detergent for my laundry (wash hot hot always), and dimethicone hair products (like biosilk therapy cure or citrishine leave-in shine miracle) were the main ways to cure the bugs hatching out of my entire body. Cedarcide managed my environment. I have heard that hot shot pest strips work well inside cars. I spent THOUSANDS on useless products. Permethrin does NOT work. Birdmites can live 8 months or a year, the bugs adapt quickly and don't read the medical journals that say they live for 3 days (total crock). Doctors and nurses degraded and humiliated me. Family turned their backs. Denial is a big part of this. Sadly I never cured my cat - I could never hold her without being reinfected. PS. The birdmite tunnels in my skin were tiny tiny tiny white slivers looked like kitty scratch scars, it took me over a year to even notice them. Topix scabies forum has helpful tips. A lot of people are getting rodent or bird mites or mites from their dogs and cats. Trust me, mites love to live in human skin too. Dr. Oldag says that collembola can be airborne and we breathe them in, they end up near our capillaries and hatch. The Cedarcide fog hangs in the air for hours and cleanses it. Nontoxic. I am not affiliated in any way with the products mentioned above.
Recently bought an empty and foreclosed house. Buyer Beware! It was infested with bedbugs. After searching for a solution and deciding that spending another $3,ooo for a pest control company wasn't in the budget I found Cedarcide. Am very happy with the results. Needless to say, not only are the bedbugs gone, but the place smells terrific.
The people at Cedarcide were helpful in helping me decide how much I would need, it arrived quickly, and yes, they informed me that I may need to do it again in 3- 6 mos. to make sure I've got any and all stragglers. Still not going to cost me $3,000. The pest control company told me they'd have to come back one more time also. So figure $6,000.
I own 2 old cats (15+yrs.), and so was concerned about what I would use. They stayed in the enclosed yard for the day because of the strong smell, but were also lightely sparyed (using the pump mister). They remain the same affectionate and sleepy cats they have been. Inspite of some negative comments regarding the use of this on animals I felt better using this than the commercial drops. I guess just like people though there are those who are sensitive when 98% are not. Just be careful. Do little at a time and watch for a reaction.
It's great to be bedbug free!
My mini-schnauzer loved to snuggle with me - until she became flea-ridden. It was horrible! All dogs have to do to get tape worms is eat ONE flea. I tried everything - much of it made Molly so sick. I felt as badly as she did. Then I found the Cedarcide company. I sprayed my house and yard - it didn't hurt anything. I sprayed her bedclothes and mine! No stains. In a few weeks - no fleas!! Now, Molly does NOT like it at all. I think it smells great. She disagrees. BUT it does not make her sick like the one-drop stuff the vet sold me; so I make her endure it, and we get rid of the fleas. I've noticed that when I work at our undeveloped farm land, using a walk -behind brush mower in high grass, I need that cedarcide on my clothing to keep ticks off me. If one does get on me, he's usually trying to crawl off.
When I get my U-Pick-It orchard up and running, I'll stock this on my shelves for resell - I love it!!
And negatives . . . well, timing is your fault - mail order takes time. We all know that. Expensive - yeah, it is. But have you noticed that everything else that really works is usually more expensive that the stuff that doesn't? I imagine that the process for getting this oil out of the heart of cedar trees is pretty costly and troublesome. Otherwise, I'd be getting the oil out of the cedar on my own land.
Cedarcide has helped my dog Sophia ( a Labrador retriever) immensely. I live in a wooded area in Westchester county, NY, a suburb of NYC that is one of the worst deer and dog tick infestations in the country. Lime disease is a constant threat.
I ordered Cedarcide in an attempt protect my dog, because the product prescribed by our vet (Frontline) was not keeping ticks off of her, and she was bringing in one (sometime more than one) everytime I walked her.
Last summer, I began a regular regimen of spraying my dog after every walk. This caused any ticks on her to jump off, and prevented new ones from coming on. The difference was dramatic - before Cedarcide I would find 1-3 ticks a day. Within a week of using the spray, ticks stopped coming on my dog completely. (One note to customers - I don't spray my dog with pure Cedarcide, b/c its smell is not unpleasantly, but its quite strong. I find a 1 cup Cedarcide to 3 or 4 cups water is quite effective, and more agreeable to my retriever. At the same time, I've found its important to spray my dog regularly, so that enough Cedarcide is on her coat to protect her effectively).
Its feels like a miracle to find an insect repellant / insecticide that is so effective, yet is completely natural and has no toxic side effects. I've really enjoyed using this and I hope it continues to be manufactured in the future.
Lazemaple Lansdowne ON, Canada (1 review) May 9, 2010
Does it mention anywhere that the phenols and terpenes found in cedar is toxic to cats, ferrets and small rodents like hamsters?
Cats cannot metabolize these compounds and over time the poisons build up in their tissues until the cat is chronically ill, has cancer or renal failure. http://www.thelavendercat.com has documentation by a renown toxicologist and other experts on the feline and ferrets unique metabolism.
I purchased one quart of Cedarcide's "Best Yet" flea killer on April 21. Two full weeks lapsed before I received this product. So, let me see, fleas drop 100 eggs every 72 hours; that would mean that I'd have approximately 4700 fleas in and on all inhabitants in my home if I decided not to purchase another product.
I contacted the company to return the product. They have a very onerous re-stocking fee of 25%. In my book, that's unconscionable. I fully understand the need to charge a restocking fee but the few businesses dumb enough to do it charge in the neighborhood of 10-12%.
Furthermore, the business does not have any return policy on their website. That begs the question: Is it in their legal purview to charge this when they have not taken any steps to warn customers?
Obviously, this company is not cognizant that this draconian fee and their business practice in general seriously hurts their business because bad publicity causes them to lose thousands of potential customers. But, have it your way, cedarcide. Just be aware that I'm going on the blogosphere to warn other potential customers.
EthanY83 Healdsburg, CA (1 review) November 10, 2009
I have a German Short-hair pointer with fleas and ticks. I tried a few name brand "spot drops" and she became sick. Found CedarCide.com and decided to give it a try. Safe, all natural. Kills on contact! Fleas instantly, ticks take a few minutes. There is little to no residual effect after 24 hours, so I have to spray her every night. I also spray her bedding. I used the "Best Yet" formula and I just ordered a gallon more. Smell is strong but very tolerable. I have not tried spraying the yard but I don't think it would get rid of pests outside for very long. It might not work as well for pets with long hair. You might have to really work it down to the skin, where the fleas are.
I highly recommend this product! THE safest alternative to chemicals.
south_yankee Corpus Christi, TX (1 review) September 15, 2009
My wife found Cedarcide while browsing the web for some sort of solution for a flea problem we had been fighting that did not use harmful chemicals. We have a young boys and did not want to keep worrying about what kind of harm we were causing them from the poisons we were spraying around in our battle with the little buggers.
I ordered the BestYet Kit and the Tri-Jet fogger with a gallon of BestYet. With 2 in/out dogs and 2 cats, we fog every year so we decided to buy the fogger.
Delivery was prompt and packed very well.
I had to contact Customer Service because they had not shipped the extra gallon of BestYet that came with the fogger. I spoke with a friendly woman (do not remember her name) who shipped the 2nd gallon next day air.
For a test, I cleaned our living room, vacuumed it, and then walked around with white socks. By the time I had crossed the room, I had fleas all over my legs. I proceeded to use the canister sprayer to treat the room and my legs, lol. Within seconds the fleas on my socks were no longer moving and none appeared on my wife when she walked in the room to see how the carpet was.
My youngest son has extremely sensitive skin and anytime he got a flea bite, it would get very irritated and he would scratch to the point of causing his skin to bleed. We started spraying him and his brother on their legs and the fleas stopped jumping on them or biting them. I also use it outside on them instead of the regular bug sprays.
I have since fogged the house and treated the pets using the hand sprayer. Life has returned to normal and aside from an occasional treatment of the dogs before they go out or come in, we are flea free. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a safe alternative for home flea protection.
poppy123 Pensacola, FL (1 review) September 12, 2009
My dog had terrible fleas last summer and, since he shares my bed, I also had them. After consulting the Vet, who could only recommend pesticides, I went on the Web and found this company. I was leary of ordering out of state and was worried "it was too good to be true" since I had no idea if it was bogus. I asked a zillion questions and the very polite sales person patiently answered. When I asked something else they asked if I would like to speak to Dr----(forgot the name) and he came right on and we had a good conversation including answers to my further questions.
I then ordered the gallon Best Yet & the personal spray. It worked wonders although I had a time getting my small dog to accept the spray (probably the noise). Now he knows, when he scratches a little and I reach for the small spray bottle I keep on the nitetable, that I am doing something to help him and he's okay!
I also sprayed the bed covers, the sofa top which is his watchguard station and the carpet nearby. I also sprayed him before and after our daily walks.
I also take the small spray out for me when working in the yard to keep the mosquitos away
This is a wonderful product and it smells good, too - like a cedar closet. My only problem was pouring from the gallon jug to a smaller spray bottle. It splashed all over, thereby wasting what, for me, was some of a costly purchased. But my kitchen sure did smell good.
Cedarcide works nicely at our Grooming & Boarding Kennel in Arkansas. Frequently clients will bring dogs with a healthy crop of fleas and ticks to our business for boarding or grooming. The fleas and ticks die as soon as I spray them with Best Yet by Cedarcide. This product is an essential part of our business, we cannot afford to spread pests to other dogs in our care. And I do not like a toxic pesticide used in our business.
Just a comment to the owner who has itchy dogs with no visible fleas... check the ingredients of your dog food or dog treats... soy, wheat, corn, gluten, coloring, msg and additives can cause dogs to itch... and it takes anywhere from 3 - 4 months to see improvement after removing the allergy from a dogs diet.
My complaint is regarding Cedarcide's pestigator system, and more importantly the lack of customer response that I've received. I am actually one of five neighbors in Edmond, OK (Oklahoma City suburb) that purchased the pestigator units at the same time for our yards last May (2008). I had my professional yard company install the pestigator originally and it did not work right off the bat. We found that the backcheck valve was faulty and bought a new valve (on my own dime). We then found that we were going through the cedar oil concentrate way too fast and had to adjust the meter way below its lowest setting. I lost the whole summer last year tinkering with it. We winterized it before the winter came and when I went to start it up this year, we found another valve broken. So right now I feel like a sucker having spent $1400 for a piece of equipment that never has worked properly (not to mention the extra money for the valve and the labor for installation and maintenance by my local irrigation company). In addition, Iíve not had good customer service to date. I've been calling and trying to talk to someone for over two months now and have not heard back. If Iím not able to get some sort of positive feedback, then Iím just going to give up on the stuff after I go through what Iíve got manually.
The lesson that I've learned regarding a mosquito control system, is to go with someone local that maintains responsibility for it until it works properly.
We were led to the Cedarcide products primarily because of problems with chiggers, and secondarily to control fleas on our two dogs.
First, a comment on the Cedarcide website. It is very difficult to navigate, and finding complete information on specific products offered and information on how to use them is a challenge. The site is amateurish at best. However we were very intererested in the notion of using an all natural product to combat our chigger problem, so we overlooked the awkward website.
We purchased the Best Yet for the pets (and us), four bags of the "granules" (which is in fact simply cedar sawdust), and the PCO concentrate to spray on the lawn and exterior structures.
We began by spreading a healthy amount of "granules" over our entire yard, concentrating on the borders and areas will taller vegetation. Then we mixed the PCO DOUBLE the required strength for chiggers (as listed on the product) and commenced to spraying the entire lawn, all building and fence surfaces, etc. We followed up with the same treatment several days later, once again spraying the ENTIRE lawn. To be safe, we sprayed the entire lawn at the increased dosage a third time.
After all these treatments, both my wife and I have gotten NUMEROUS chigger bites. My wife has even gotten chigger bites simply walking out to the back yard and back. (we have an immaculately manicured lawn....no unkempt areas).
During this time we also kept our two small dogs sprayed daily with the Best Yet.
I can see absolutely no improvement whatsoever for our chigger problem. As for fleas, I honestly can't say. Our two dogs are scratching as much as they were before, however we haven't spotted any fleas. Whatever it is that is causing *them* to itch is clearly still present.
I would also add that after spraying our yard with the multiple treatments, I still see numerous ants. But I think the thing that really convinced me that the product simply doesn't work was when, after spraying my arms and legs UNTIL SHINY WET with the Best Yet, I looked down and saw two mosquitos biting me.
We just wasted $400 on a product that simply does not work. And we WANTED this to work in the biggest way. But as it is, our search for an effective pesticide to kill chiggers remains.
Perhaps (?) the product will solve your flea problem. I can say though, withought question, that it will NOT solve your chigger problem, or help with mosquitos.
I started using CedarCide when you could purchase it at Home Depot in Texas. Now Iím in Jacksonville, Florida and I still use their products, successfully. I place an 8Ē-12Ē barrier of granules around my home annually and never have any ants, bugs or spiders inside. Amazing! In the spring when the yard starts jumping I use the PCO and that is the end of it. It keeps the snakes away also. We apply it monthly in Florida. I use the Best Yet on our persons as well as pets. The only issue with the Best Yet is when we are in the marsh areas and the no-see-ums and mosquitoes are heavy they still get in our face but they do not land on us so we do not get bit. I highly recommend these products. I wish I could afford their sprinkler system.
organicfrmr Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) (1 review) April 16, 2009
I live in Oklahoma, THE Tick capitol of the World (my opinion), and every year I have a horrid time with these guys. I have one kitty, Grape, who is a tick magnet, I have seem him litterly covered with ticks of all shapes and sizes. I do not care to use the chemicals that are used in the making of the "spot" remedies, as I have been hearing a lot about the side effects, so i used to hand pick them off daily, quite a chore. So when I came across cedarcide, I was excited. I bought a quart bottle of their "BestYet" for people and pets. Well, being the sceptic that I am, I wasn't going to apply to anyone till I tested it. We have these huge (2") red wasps that you can not kill with a swatter, it only gets em' madder. One got into the house and I sprayed it one time with this stuff and that dude IMMEDIATLY fell to the floor and died! I was very amazed, as even the wasp poison doesn't do that good of a job! So my dear little Grape got all the ticks removed and sprayed him (it scared him, so I sprayed it on my hands then rubbed it in) with cedarcide. It didn't seem to make him annoyed (the smell) and although I have to reapply every other day, the ticks have FINALLY decided Grape isn't so tasty any more! I have seen no unusual side effects and I can tell Grape is a happy cat without the ticks eating him alive! So for a recommendation for ticks and big red waspsthat laugh at swatters, I give 2 thumbs up. Grape and I will continue buying and using cedarcide, as it works, and so far no adverse reactions for us personally. On April 16th, 2009, organicfrmr added the following:
by the way, I read the summons from new york, and in the last paragraph they list the active ingredents:
Based on Department staffís civil penalty request, it can be reasonably inferred that the pesticides at issue in thisproceeding are general use pesticides. This inference is furthersupported by Staffís stop order dated April 12, 2004, whichidentifies the active ingredients as essence of Juniperus virginiana, and refined cedar oil. These active ingredients arenot identified as restricted use pesticides at 6 NYCRR 326.2.
iyababa Great Barrington, MA (1 review) April 15, 2009
I ws excited to find a "100% natural" product. But I am sensitive to some substances and this is one of them. I'm sorry to say I'm EXTREMELY disappointed with the response from Cedarcide when I told them I want to return the quart I bought. They were rude, dismissive, and ignored the fact that I have a negative reaction to their product. After a bit of research, I found I'm not the only person dissatisfied. The state of New York found that "CedarCide caused or allowed the sale of 1,350 containers of CedarCide pesticides that were misbranded" Check for yourself:
It makes me wonder: what's actually in the bottle and what am I reacting to?
They demanded a 25% restocking fee on top of the $8 shipping it will cost me (and this in spite of the fact that they already charged $17 shipping, more than double the shipping cost). Nevertheless I will return the product because I can't use it.
Cedarcide products may be good for you; they are not good for me. If it's good for you, enjoy it, but in case it's not I recommend you buy the smallest spray bottle and test it out.
It was a $37 mistake to deal with these people. It's a mistake you don't have to make.