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Insect Repellent

You cannot discount the value of protection when it comes to your loved ones. So make sure they are protected from insect bites and other diseases it bring by using insect repellents. Choose from the many varieties we've got in our online store. We have strong, mild and natural. Depending on your need, decide which one will best suit your situation.

What is an insect repellent? These are products that are made of ingredients that have natural properties to repel insects. It can either be applied on the skin, on clothes or other surfaces so that insects will be discouraged to land or climb on that particular surface.  Insect repellents are very helpful in preventing as well as controlling the outbreak and spread of insect-borne diseases.  Some of these dreaded diseases are: malaria, dengue fever, Lyme disease, bubonic plague and West Nile fever. Insects that are commonly used as vectors for these diseases include: fleas, flies, mosquitoes and tick.

What are the different types of insect repellents? There are 2 basic categories when it comes to choosing an insect repellent. The first is a chemical based insect repellent and the second is the natural, botanically sourced.

In the chemical based category there are those that are made with:

DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide)- It is considered to be the most potent against a variety of biting insects. Depending on its concentrations in a product, it can provide 2-5 hours of protection. However, extra pre-caution should be observed when applying to children as it may cause some form of irritation.

PICARIDIN - In April 2005, a new type of insect repellent was discovered in response to growing concerns about the safety issues attached to using DEET. And this was when Picaridin was invented and introduced. It works just as well as DEET and works about 3 to 8 hours in providing protection, depending on its concentration. Generally speaking, this is considered safe to use but there are no studies yet on its effect long term.

PERMETHRIN - This may be as potent and very deadly on ticks. Studies have shown that it can kill ticks on contact. This type of chemical insect repellent is NEVER directly applied on skin because it is an insecticide. Rather it is applied on clothing and other outdoor materials such as sleeping bags or tents. It is also used to mosquito nets. Its effects can last even after several washings.

The non-chemical based, botanically sourced insect repellents are usually made with essential oils. Some popular botanical extracts under this category are: citronella, cedar, eucalyptus and soy bean or even lemon. A popular combination of lemon and eucalyptus is among the favorites of those who prefer this type. It's effects may be as effective however, there is a need for frequent re-application depending on the need and situation because it usually provides protection of less than 2 hours. It is considered generally safe but may cause allergic reaction towards essential oils.

Why do you need to use insect repellents?
There is probably one compelling reason to use insect repellent products. And that is to avoid insect borne diseases. However, you may also consider the following reasons:
1. To avoid getting skin irritation that can result to secondary infection.
2. To continue to enjoy the great outdoors.
3. To allow your children to safely explore and learn the world around them.
4. To allow you and your family to enjoy outdoor activities without worries.

How do insect repellents work?
The main function of insect repellents is to discourage the insect to land on the surface that it is applied on. They work by masking the scent of the human, which the insects are attracted to, and then emit a scent that is unappealing to their senses. Other types of insect repellents, such as DEET works by disabling the insect's sensors; thus causing confusion to the insect so it won't land into the surface of its prey or target.
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