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MosquitoFood Grade Insect Repellent vs DEET

Does your insect repellent contain the following warning: "Avoid overexposure. Do not keep product on any longer than necessary. After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water"? If so, read on to find out a safer option that actually works better, too!

Catnip is a perennial herb belonging to the mint family. Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET. DEET is the synthetic chemical commonly used in commercial insect repellents.

In the laboratory, repellency is measured on a scale ranging from a +100%, considered highly repellent, to a -100%, considered a strong attractant. A compound with a +100% repellency rating would repel all mosquitoes, while a -100% would attract them all. A rating of zero means half of the insects would stay on the treated side and half on the untreated side. In laboratory tests, catnip ranged from a +49% to a +59% at high doses, and a +39% to a +53% at low doses. By comparison, at the same doses, DEET's repellency was only about a +10.

Mosquito Warning Sign

Repellents containing DEET can be dangerous and do not reduce mosquito populations. DEET is a synthetic chemical that can cause neurological damage in humans, particularly in children. Up to 56% of topically applied DEET penetrates the skin, and 17% is absorbed into the bloodstream. Possible reactions include headache, disorientation, agitation, seizure, anaphylaxis, and coma.1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Research shows that DEET does not fend off all mosquito species, and it should only be applied to clothing or exposed skin, never under clothing. The American Association of Pediatrics issued a warning that DEET solutions over 10% concentration should never be used on children, and as little repellent as possible should be used. Infants and pregnant women should never use DEET.

Next time you grab for insect repellent, be sure it is Buzz Free Zone insect repellent containing ingredients that are certified organic to food grade rather than slathering on toxic synthetic chemicals. Not only is Buzz Free Zone free from harmful ingredients and safe even for infants under six months of age, it actually works better, too.

"I wanted to share my experience with your Buzz Free Zone product.

"Living in Tucson, Arizona does not typically require any type of mosquito repellent. However, last year, during Tucson's monsoon season there was an increase in the mosquito population with about a dozen cases of the West Nile virus! Needless-to-say, it was important that we use a repellent. I reached for the most common one on the market and within seconds of applying the spray, my entire body was covered in tiny little red fluid filled blisters! I raced for the shower, jumped in, and washed my exposed areas.

"This year, I was headed to Massachusetts in June. I was unsure what I would do about protecting myself against those nasty little mosquitoes. A friend told me about Buzz Free Zone and I purchased the product.

"I had the most incredible experience using this product! I was wearing shorts and a light jacket down by a Massachusetts lake one evening and definitely needed repellent as there were literally hundreds of these nasties buzzing all around me! Friends made fun of my "organic" edible insect repellent. I actually sprayed some into my mouth to demonstrate to them it was harmless and edible! I watched the mosquitos land on me and low and behold, not one of them bit me! I was able to enjoy a late night around the camp fire and lake without getting one single mosquito bite! How incredible is that!!"

Donna Le Quesne
Tucson, Arizona
July 26, 2008

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2. Stinecipher J and Shaw J. Percutaneous permeation of N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET) from commercial mosquito repellents and the effect of solvent. J Toxicol Environ Health 1997;52:119.
3. Lipscomb J, Kramer J, et. al. Seizure following brief exposure to the insect repellent N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide. Ann Emerg Med 1992;21(3):315-317.
4. Reuveni H and Yagupsky P. Diethyltoluamide-containing insect repellent: Adverse effects iin worldwide use. Arch Dermatol 1982;118:582.
5. Pronczuk de Garbino J and Laborda A. Toxicity of an insect repellent: N, N-diethyltoluamide. Vet Hum Toxicol 1983;25:422-423.

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