Archive for April, 2011

Bug spray

Posted on: April 5th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Along with spring baseball season and the summer come the bugs. There’s nothing worse than going to the baseball park or a friend’s cookout and getting eaten alive. It’s always interesting how some people are more susceptible to insect bites than others but it’s best to always be prepared. The most common ingredient in bug repellents is DEET. Listed as N, N-Diethyl-m-toluamide or N, N-Diethyl-3-Methyl benzamide, DEET is highly effective at repelling mosquitoes but is also an eye irritant and can cause blisters and rashes. DEET has been known to cause fatigue, confusion, disorientation, and mood swings. If you choose a product with DEET, be sure to use one with less than 10% concentration.

The natural alternative is using products that contain oils such as lemon eucalyptus and citronella as deterrents. We love Jason Natural Cosmetics Quit Bugging Me. California Baby also has one called simply Bug Repellent Spray. There’s another repellent we saw online called Bite Blocker All Natural Insect Repellent Herbal Wipes. These wipes look really easy to apply on children without getting product in their eyes or mouth. Just remember that a product may work for one person but it may not work for you. Be sure to test it out on your family members first to be sure they like the formula and that it works effectively for them. Also be careful to reapply natural repellents often since they do not last as long as DEET products. Always check the directions to be sure you are applying the product correctly and wash it off as soon as repellent is no longer needed.