Insect Killer for Lawns- Don't Use Ortho Bug-B-Gon Max - it's 95% peanut shells

Posted on: Sat, 03/20/2010 - 12:27pm
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Joined: 08/05/2009 - 19:08

I just wanted to pass on some info we learned today. Ortho Bug-B-Gon Max (insect killer for lawns) is 95% peanut shells. After asking for weeks for DH to put insect killer on our lawn, he finally got around to it (almost) this afternoon. My PA son was playing on the patio while my DH was in the yard emptying the contents of the insecticide into the spreader. When I went outside to bring DS in so DH could take care of the lawn, DS started with sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose. It was at that point I remembered an article I read on Best Allergy Sites (THANK YOU RUTH!) about places and things you wouldn't think to have peanuts. Fertilizer and insecticed were on her list.

DH works for a home improvement store and is friends with one of the vendors for Scotts (makers of Ortho products). He called his friend who told him that the granular fertilizers and lawn insecticides are made mostly from peanut shells. I confirmed this online at the following link:

Posted on: Sun, 07/10/2011 - 6:52am
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Joined: 07/10/2011 - 13:17

Thanks for that post Dianne. I have a severe peanut allergy and spread this stuff all over my lawn yesterday. After having a scary fit of uncontrollable coughing, difficult breathing, sneezing, bleeding out my nose and having itchy red swollen eyes, I googled reactions to Bug-b-Gone thinking this reaction couldn't be normal. Then I stumbled across this post! 95% peanut shells?! Im reading your words while covered in peanut dust! I thought I had read every label and warning on the bag and saw nothing about peanuts (although i wasn't looking for it). I went back to the bag after reading this post and sure enough... in very very fine print on the front bottom corner i read "a peanut by-product." I'm shocked there isn't better warning labels on non-food products. To think after reading food warning labels for 20+ years I could have died from a bag of poorly (in my opinion) labeled Bug-B-Gone. I know others with more severe allergies than mine probably would have died. Just wish I would have found this out sooner. I hope others can learn from my mistake!
(You would think it wouldn't hurt to put a simple "CAUTION: Contains Peanuts" somewhere decent size and obvious on the bag. Or at least in the warnings section! Ok, sorry, done ranting...)

Posted on: Sun, 07/10/2011 - 9:58pm
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Joined: 04/28/2010 - 12:30

I am shocked. Thank you so much for passing this along!

Posted on: Sun, 07/10/2011 - 9:58pm
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Joined: 04/28/2010 - 12:30

I am shocked. Thank you so much for passing this along!

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