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Orange Guard, Inc. was formed by Carmel Valley resident and inventor, Tor McPartland, who was looking for an alternative to conventional insecticides. The inspiration for Orange Guard came from McPartlands desire to find an alternative to these insecticides which have the potential of long-term health and environmental dangers.
In 1984, McPartland read an article in Science News, where someone had taken citrus hand cleaner and poured it down a fire ant hill. Every ant was killed. If you ever look at oranges, you will notice that the peels are never bitten into by anything, says McPartland. Orange peel is a natural repellent.
Starting in 1985, McPartland spent the next 14 years in research and development efforts, including extensive testing and certification for safety and effectiveness.
In May 1998, McPartland introduced his first product to consumers. That product was Orange Guard, a water based indoor/outdoor insecticide that may be used around food, humans and pets. Made from d-Limonene orange peel extract and inert ingredients, Orange Guard is EPA-registered and now available to consumers.