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Keep the Bugs Away

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 4:30 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Summer and the great outdoors: a perfect combination for wonderful times but we all know that insects can often ruin our good times. Moquitos, flies, fleas and ticks are frequently around to disturb and annoy us when we are having fun outdoors. It is a natural law: we enter their environment, they attack us.

Shopping for insect repellents is always a good idea to prevent these bugs to affect you and your family. Insect repellents may help prevent and control the outbreak of insect-borne diseases such as malaria, Lyme disease, dengue fever, bubonic plague, and West Nile fever. Choosing repellents made from natural sources is a even better idea for a couple of reasons.

Preparations created from natural occuring ingredients are very effective in repelling insects with virtually no side effects. Natural insect repellents contain little or no toxicity and have been used topically for many years. Most companies support sustainable practices and ensure that their products are derived from natural sources such as citronella, neem oil, peppermint, lemongrass, and herbal extracts.

In addition, if you are not yet familiar with DEET, you may want to avoid this potentially dangerous ingredient. In the DEET Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported 14 to 46 cases of potential DEET associated seizures, including 4 deaths. The Pesticide Information Project of Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University states that, “Everglades National Park employees having extensive DEET exposure were more likely to have insomnia, mood disturbances and impaired cognitive function than were lesser exposed co-workers”. Of course extreme side effects of DEET tend to occur only at high levels of exposure but other common side effects range from skin rashes to skin irritation.

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Badger – Sunscreen All Natural Insect Repellent Cream Water Resistant Anti-Bug 30 SPF – 2.9 oz.
Badger – Anti-Bug Balm Push-Up Stick – 1.5 oz.
Natrapel – Deet-Free 8-Hour Insect Repellent – 3.5 oz.

 

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