What Is Zevo?

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Published on: Jul 17, 2018

Zevo manufactures a line of instant action, bio-selective sprays that use essential oils to target nervous system receptors only active in insects, which quickly paralyze and kill them on contact. They also offer a Flying Insect trap that can kill insects for up to a month and a half.

Because of these mechanisms of action, the company advertises their revolutionary products are safe for use around people and pets, and their sprays—all of which feature precision triggers that allow you to spray from a distance accurately—are effective for both indoor and outdoor use.

Zevo’s insect sprays and traps certainly come with competitive prices, but will they deliver on their advertising promises? Let’s start by zooming in and examining their product lineup.

Taking a Closer Look at Zevo’s Insect Spray and Trap Ingredients

There are currently four Insect Spray formulas in the Zevo lineup, all of which promise to quickly paralyze and kill insects without the use of imiprothrin, cypermethrin, pyrethroids, butane, or propane:

Ant, Roach, Fly Multi-Insect Killer

This is formulated to eliminate ants, roaches, flies, fruit flies, drain flies, gnats, spiders, crickets, moths, mosquitoes, and other flying and crawling insects.

The only active ingredients are geraniol and lemongrass oil. Inert ingredients include white mineral oil, isopropyl alcohol, butyl lactate, isopropyl myristate, and triethyl citrate.

Wasp, Hornet, and Yellow Jacket Stinging Insect Killer

Formulated to exterminate wasps (including their nests), hornets, yellow jackets, and other stinging insects.

The active ingredients are geraniol and cinnamon oil, while inert ingredients include white mineral oil, 2-propanol vanillin, isopropyl myristate, triethyl citrate, and carbon dioxide.

Ant, Roach, and Spider; Crawling Insect Killer

Uses one active ingredient (geraniol), along with inert ones like white mineral oil, 2-propanol vanillin, isopropyl myristate, triethyl citrate, lactic acid n-butyl ester, and carbon dioxide, to kill “ants, cockroaches, spiders, crickets, beetles and other crawling insects.”

Fly, Gnat, and Fruit Fly Flying Insect Killer

Also uses geraniol (and inert white mineral oil, 2-propanol vanillin, isopropyl myristate, triethyl citrate, lactic acid n-butyl ester, carbon dioxide) to kill flies, fruit flies, gnats, drain flies, moths, and mosquitoes.

Pro tip: You’ll notice that except for cinnamon oil, Zevo’s Stinging and Crawling spray formulas are the same.

Zevo Flying Insect Trap

This system features a plug-in base that uses two blue and UV LEDs (for a total of four) to attract insects like houseflies, fruit and drain flies, mosquitoes, midges, moths, gnats, fleas, and flying roaches toward a strong adhesive pad. Once stuck, it holds them in place until they dehydrate and die.

This pad is attached to a plastic shell-shaped cartridge with discreet openings, and the Insect Trap can’t be operated without one in place. After about 45 days (or when it’s full), you’ll simply pop out the old cartridge, replace it with a fresh one, and plug the device back into an outlet.

The Zevo Insect TrapThe Zevo Insect Trap. Credit: Procter & Gamble

Could the Ingredients in Zevo’s Insect Sprays Cause Side Effects?

While we didn’t test any formulas during our research, Consumer Reports tells us that the FDA doesn’t consider botanicals like geraniol, lemongrass oil, and cinnamon oil serious safety risks. Still, they point out that botanical-based insecticides can sometimes contain high levels of allergens.

With this in mind, the Zevo website explains that since their Instant Action Sprays are comprised of “naturally occurring compounds found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and spices,” they’re considered safe around people and other mammals like dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, and rabbits.

They emphasize their sprays shouldn’t be used around fish, birds, or reptiles. You should also never apply them directly to your skin, to pet’s fur, or to plants or soil.

How Much Does Zevo Cost and Where Can You Buy?

If purchased from Zevo’s main website, customers will pay:

  • Ant, Roach & Spider Crawling Insect Spray (10 oz): $5.99
  • Ant, Roach & Fly Multi-Insect Spray (12 oz – available in Standard and Trigger Spray bottles): $5.99
  • Wasp, Hornet & Yellow Jacket Stinging Insect Spray (10 oz): $5.99
  • Fly, Gnat & Fruit Fly Flying Insect Spray (10 oz): $5.99
  • Flying Insect Trap Kits: $14.99 - $45.99
  • Flying Insect Trap Refill Kits: $5.99 refill kits

We also encountered several bundles priced between $16.99 and $45.99.

On the other hand, ZevoOffer.com offered only the Crawling Insect and Flying Insect formulas, which were priced at:

  • 1 Can: $5.99
  • 2 Cans: $10.99
  • 3 Cans: $15.99

All direct orders come with free shipping, as well as 30-day refund policy, less S&H. Note: Their terms emphasize they “cannot accept items back that have been opened or used unless the item was received by you in a damaged or defective condition.”

To request one, support can be reached at 866-215-1297 or help@zevoinsect.com.

We also found several of Zevo’s products sold on HomeDepot.com (as well as in-store) for about the same prices. Third-party refund policies may vary.

» Related: Natural & Safe Pest Control Solutions to Get Rid of Roaches, Ants & Bugs

What Can We Learn from Zevo Online Customer Reviews?

On Home Depot’s website, we encountered 80+ customer reviews for Zevo’s Flying Insect Trap, who had given it an average rating of about 2.3 stars. There, most compliments seemed to reference ease of use and effective results, while complaints frequently revolved around less-than-stellar results and high prices.

Comparatively, Zevo’s sprays, traps, and bundles came with meaningfully higher 4.5-star average ratings on the brand’s website. Compliments and (the relatively few) complaints were similar to those found elsewhere online for their traps.

Most customers also reported good results with the company’s different spray formulations, although the relatively few complaints often cited less-than-stellar smell, and indicated that they tend to leave behind an oily residue.

Zevo vs. the Competition: Are Natural Insecticides Effective?

UV Light Insect Traps

There are many theories as to why insects as a whole are drawn toward UV light. Despite this incomplete understanding, there are perhaps hundreds of different products available in all shapes, sizes, and designs that take advantage of this attraction by combining UV lights with sticky surfaces and/or dehydrating fans to kill insects, without the use of chemicals.

However, limiting our options only to wall-mounted plug-in devices in direct competition to Zevo, we found significantly fewer. These included the:

  • Dynatrap Flylight ($20 - $35) – Uses a specially designed aluminum plate along with heat, CO2, and a built-in fan to attract and trap flying insects. Higher-priced indoor models can cover up to 2,000 square feet.

  • Hoont Indoor Plug-in Sticky Fly Trap Catcher ($30) – Except for the grille, it features a very similar design and functionality as Zevo’s Flying Insect Traps. Includes two replaceable adhesive glue boards ($12 for a five-pack of additional replacements).

  • Gardner Fly Web Trap ($32) – Only includes one replacement board. A 10-pack of replacements is priced at $10, and each bulb is priced about the same price.

Given their similar functionality and price points, choosing the best option might largely come down to your budget—not just initial price, but the cost of replacing boards and bulbs (when applicable).

Botanical Insecticide Sprays

When it comes to sprays, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension explains there are several effective plant-based insecticides used on a commercial basis—including pyrethrins, sabadilla, nicotine, Linalool, and neem—that are very low on the toxicity scale for mammals. Often, they work by shutting down the insect's nervous system or other important bodily functions.

However, they emphasize “products containing these active ingredients must be registered for use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and used in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).”

The Consumer Reports article cited earlier, though, points out that because the FDA doesn’t consider botanical ingredients like those found in natural sprays such as Zevo as serious safety risks, they’re not “required to prove to federal regulators that they actually work. And CR's testing has repeatedly found that they don’t work well.”

Still, we found many competing botanical sprays, most of which ranged in price between $10 and $20, putting Zevo’s options at the lower end of the price spectrum. Does this necessarily mean you should give them a try?

Coming to a Conclusion About Zevo’s Chemical-Free Insecticides

Zevo’s lineup is brought to us by Procter & Gamble, a company who’s been in business since 1837, manufactures thousands of products, and held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, as of 7/17/18. They also stand behind Zevo with a 30-day refund policy and their products seemed to come with mostly positive online customer feedback.

Just keep in mind that as soon as you try any of them, you won’t be able to process a refund through the manufacturer.

Considering you can potentially have their products in your hand faster by shopping at a local Home Depot, as well as return it there if it doesn’t meet your needs after testing, it might make logical sense to go this route. This could also save return S&H charges back to the manufacturer.


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Bottom Line: 55% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Kills but they come back

    • Idaho,
    • Oct 14, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Ok people, I do use Zevo, and yes it does kill springtail, which is what I have. But as soon as it dries they come back so I am buying it all the time, which is expensive. So my husband went to Home Depot and brought me some OdOBan cleaner citrus scent big yellow jug. You have to dilute a bit but when I spayed it on my baseboards they died and they do come back but a lot less frequent. You can also put a few drops of mint oil and it works longer. So try it out and see if it works for you. It is a lot cheaper at 8.00 a jug. I like Zevo but the price was killing me more than the bugs.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Flies

    • Idaho,
    • Oct 7, 2019
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    For use in the kitchen. Does seem to kill flies, but makes an oily mess that needs to be cleaned up. Has to be a better product. Don't get it on furniture or items that may stain. Would not buy again.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Bug be gone!

    • Ocala, FL,
    • Aug 29, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Bought Zevo a while back, used it in the kitchen and bathrooms. Tried other brands, they work but didn't leave a good smell afterward, but Zevo works fast and smells nice very. I'm happy, that's why I ordered some more.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Get rid of annoying fungus gnats

    • Green Bay, WI,
    • Aug 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    After retiring, I thought I would get back into household plants. I went to Stein and bought a few African Violets. Well, they were full of fungus gnats. I tried everything to get rid of the nasty things. So bought your spray for gnats. While reading the directions it says do not put on plants. So I thought - those dang gnats like water. So I put spittle water in the bottom tray and sprayed Zevo on the water. Bye-bye fungus gnats. They are all gone!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Nice buuuuuuutttt

    • Springfield, IL,
    • Aug 2, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I just received my Zevo today. I used it in my problem area. I like the fact that it does work and it works pretty fast. The downside is the smell. It's pretty strong and quite lingering. To me, it is not a good smell at all. I think it stated that it had cinnamon oil in it, however, it doesn't smell like cinnamon at all. It's really hard to describe the smell. It's a very greasy spray as well. You really have to wipe it off when you spray it on a surface. I would recommend for pest control. I wouldn't recommend of smell. Even though insecticides aren't supposed to smell good it shouldn't smell like that.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    The worst

    • Michigan,
    • Jul 31, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    The absolute worst! I sprayed a gathering of gnats on the ceiling in a couple of places in my kitchen, then spent 2 hours cleaning up the oil and showering from all the work it took just to kill SOME of the gnats. I had to mop/scrub on hands and knees twice because the oil is so hard to get off and being 40 weeks pregnant was scared of falling and was still slipping. I may as well have danced around my kitchen with an open bottle of oil. I've never written a review on anything but I'm so mad about this I couldn't stop myself. And even though it's safe for kids and animals it still hurt our throats inhaling it all night.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Useless product

    • Bonney Lake, WA,
    • Jul 29, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased from zevooffer.com, unfortunately, because once opened they cannot be returned! Well, how can you even know if the product works or not?! And try to reach Customer Service (or ANYTHING other than ordering) on the website and you’ll get a 404 error! There is no way to leave a review on their site so I will leave it here.

    DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT! Unless you like chasing flies with an oily mess that only makes a mess of your home and leaves the bugs laughing. Any oil would do the same job!

    I bought the multi-offer of all types of bug spray, getting ready to head out for adventures in our RV, but the last thing I want to do is spray oil all over the inside of my nice RV! Now I’m stuck with 9 bottles of oil! (Past the 30 days due to life getting in the way.)

    I will try using this outside, but it is USELESS inside.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Spraying trigger

    • Texas,
    • Jun 19, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    As far as the product goes, it does what I want it to do, kill roaches. The only thing I don't like about the product is the spraying trigger. In my opinion, it needs to be redesigned, to make it easier to use. The trigger is kind of awkward and uncomfortable to use. By the time one figures out which way to use the trigger, the roach is long gone. Can't you redesign the trigger and make easier and faster to use?

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Not satisfied, disappointed

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Jun 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    This product may be safe to use around pets, but it doesn't stop my annoying ant problem. I spray it in the area where I mostly see them, it will kill them, but once I clean up and wipe away, they come back strong as ever. i would prefer something that forms a barrier to keep them away.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Bomb

    • Spring, TX,
    • Jun 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    We had a freakin' gnat infestation...nothing we did could get rid of them. Zevo, our hero, one sweeping spray where they were and they dropped dead. The roaches as well. Yes, it smells strong and essential oily with major vanilla notes, and it is greasy! BUT...killed a German roach instantly - like dead in its track. Seriously, I’ve never seen that ever. Instant death. Soooooooo, for $15.99 you can try 3 cans. I say GIVE IT GO! And if not, $6 for a can is nothing. Bengal Roach spray is $15-$20 a can and the roaches laughed as I sprayed.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 26 out 28 people found this review helpful

    Very effective for drowning bug!

    • Willows, CA,
    • Jun 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased this product because it is safe to use around my cat. There are several problems with this product. First of all, IT DOES NOT KILL BUGS! You are instructed to "spray the insect until wet" - if you are able to do that the bug will look at you angrily for a couple of minutes then leave. Still very much alive! I was finally able to kill a fly by drowning it when I caught it by surprise on the window sill. You are then instructed to wipe up the slippery residue, as it leaves an unbelievable OIL SLICK where it is sprayed. And then there is the very strong and in my opinion, unpleasant STINK!

    Bottom line, DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT! WD40 will kill the bugs more effectively, is no more of an oily mess, doesn't stink as much, and is cheaper.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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