Is bug spray toxic?
Summer is right around the corner which, for many, means camping, cookouts, and other outdoor activities. It also means a higher likelihood of being bit by a mosquito. While mosquitoes have been a mere irritant here in America in the past, we now have a frightening, mosquito-borne disease to worry about. That is, the Zika virus.
As summer approaches, many families and expecting mothers are buying bug spray in bulk for mosquito-bite prevention. However, when it comes to bug repellents, there are specific drawbacks that everyone should be aware of.
The Dangers of DEET
DEET stands for N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide. You can see why it got abbreviated!
This chemical is one of the most common ingredients in bug repellants. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that products that use DEET are safe, they also note that it can cause skin rashes, blisters, and mucous membrane irritation. Additionally, it is not recommended that DEET repellents are used too frequently, DEET should not be used for children under 2 months old, and it should not be inhaled as it is toxic if ingested.
Two separate studies have found that DEET has additional negative health effects. The first was done on Everglades National Park employees. This found that 25% of the subjects experienced negative health effects from rashes to nausea, from headaches to dizziness from DEET. A later study done at Duke University found that frequent and prolonged exposure to DEET led to brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats. The conclusion of both studies was that this product should not be used on humans.
Natural Mosquito Repellants
Fortunately, botanical repellents have been found to be effective against bugs and mosquitos. Ingredients like citronella, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and geraniol have all been found to repel mosquitoes.
Here at Sage Stone Botanicals, we offer an effective, toxin-free bug spray. The active ingredient is simply citronella, which is an essential oil distilled from two varieties of grass. It smells grassy and floral, but bugs and mosquitoes hate the scent.
Not only is citronella safe to put on your body, the Food and Drug Administration recognizes it as a safe flavoring agent for food or beverages. So, it is simple and safe to apply on moms, moms-to-be, dads, children and even babies.
Our goal is to help you, your family and your friends stay safe and healthy this summer. Head on over to our shop to find our safe and effective citronella bug spray along with all of our other citronella products. And, if you are shopping in the month of June 2016, be sure to take advantage of our online special which includes our citronella bug spray, citronella body lotion, unscented hand and heel cream and unscented bath and shower gel all for only $40.00.
Have a great summer!