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These are my cats.

Now, you must be wondering why I am featuring them here when they are clearly not babies.

Ah, that is where you are wrong. They ARE my babies too, because I have always said that my cats made me a mom before my human baby came along.

I first started thinking about going natural and organic back when I adopted Coco and Emi. We had ant infestations, as many HDB flat owners do, and were constantly spraying insecticide to keep them at bay. Now, Coco and Emi roam the house freely and have a tendency to lick their paws clean (the jobs of cats, together with napping for, oh, 20 hours a day). And that was when I realised that I simply could not bear to use products that have harmful chemicals in them in my household anymore, for fear that the cats would ingest these nasty things. At the same time, I started becoming more environmentally conscious, drawn towards products that are not harmful to us and the world that we live in.

And so I started switching out my household cleaners for those made using natural ingredients. But the only product that I could not find a suitable substitute for was insecticide. I ended up using the insecticide on the ants (HATE THEM, BAH) and mopping the floor immediately after.

When Su-lin from Our Lifestyle Shop told me about KONK, an insecticide that is non-toxic, I was intrigued. Isn’t the whole point of using poison to kill creepy crawlies? How can something non-toxic get rid of them?

Apparently KONK is made from Pyrethrin, a natural extract from chrysanthemum flower. It works by attacking the nervous systems of insects and kills everything from cockroaches (URGHS) to mosquitos to centipedes (URGHS!!) and ants, leaving behind a pleasantly scented air.

Best of all, it is completely safe for humans, pets and the environment. It leaves behind no residue on surfaces and degrades safely in soil, air and water.

I was gifted the Automated KONK Flying Insect Killer Starter Kit, which is battery-operated and set to discharge a time-metered dose of the insecticide every 7.5 minutes. Now, my residential area is pretty close to a dengue outbreak zone and I am looking forward to having this little gadget work its magic. It’s supposed to last for 30 days so let’s see what will happen then.

Besides the automated kit, there is also a handheld flying insect killer, which I’ll be trying out soon as well. Watch this space!

You can purchase the KONK products from Our Lifestyle Shop. Join their mailing list and stand a chance to win a 30-day protect program against dengue free (closing date: June 30, 2013). You can also ‘Like’ them on Facebook for updates.

I received the product for this sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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