Don't let DEET bug you!

Don’t let ‘em (or DEET) bug you!

Bugs can ben pesky! At what length do we go to get rid of them? Let me just get on my soapbox here for a minute...

Unfortunately a lot of bug repellents on the market contain DEET (the common name for N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide), which is a very concerning chemical. Research shows that DEET may cause damage to our nervous system and affect our cells in a negative way, plus it is very toxic when inhaled or applied to the skin...ahem, like in a spray (but not ours!).

Allergic reactions can be common with DEET such as hives, swelling, redness, and rashes. Even worse, it is also linked to seizures and brain malfunctions, with children under the age of 16 suffering the highest incidences. DEET is also a carcinogen, being linked to cancer, namely Non-Hogkin’s Lymphoma. 

Have you heard of the Gulf War Syndrome? It causes skin conditions, fatigue, headaches and respiratory disorders. People fighting in the Gulf War were exposed to multiple agents, including DEET. The combination of DEET and theanti-nerve agent pyridostigmine bromide and/or the insecticide permethrin, has proven to be a very toxic combination. While this does affect people who served in the Gulf War, Gulf War Syndrome can affect anyone exposed to this mix of chemicals.

Let’s not forget our furry friends and the environment! When sprayed, DEET remains in the air and must be broken down by the atmosphere. In the meantime, it can move through the air and come into contact with animals and people. DEET is also an environmental toxin, causing toxicity in fish. 

Have we convinced you yet to throw away every last DEET filled bug spray in your home? We hope so!

Our Bug Spray is formulated with a mix of powerful essential oils to keep those nasty bugs at bay. Spray all over (careful not to get in the eyes) and as often as you need knowing that it’s safe for you and all around you! No need to bug out about that!