Mosquitoes have spread West Nile virus over most of the United States in just four years. If your like me,… worried about protecting my family from the little bloodsuckers that carry Malaria, Dengue Fever, encephalitis and other diseases, you want a bug spray that is effective and does not have adverse side effects.

This website is dedicated to a collection of information from my research of bug sprays or as their known by the regulating officials “insect repellents”. There are several methods to minimize your family’s risk from mosquitoes in the Control & Protection section.

I will start out with the two main products that research shows are the highest effective products. See the Bug Spray Comparison page for a break down of other products. I do not endorse any particular product or method but would like to provide the information that I have found helpful to my family.

Insect Repellent Comparison

Bite Blocker-Made From Soybeans, Coconuts & Geraniums

DEET was developed by the U.S. Government in 1946 and produced in the 1960′s. It was approved by EPA in 1957. Higher concentrations (20-30%) provide protection from 6 to 8 hours. (Reilly Industries)

Bite Blocker provides an all natural blend of plant oils that offer protection from 4 to 8 hours. It has been available in the U.S. since 1996. The ingredients are listed by EPA as minimum risk ingredients and most are food grade.
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Products contaning DEET are beneficial as insect repellents, but have been associated with dermal and neurological reactions in humans. The use of DEET concentrations greater than 30% increases exposure and risk of adverse reaction with little or no benefit in protection. (Cornell University) Bite Blocker provided 97% protection over a three and a half hour period in comparison to a 6.65% DEET product which provided 86% protection over the same period. “Mosquitoes and Mosquito Repellents: A Clinician’s Guide” Annals of Internal Medicine, 1 June 1998
Products with lower concentrations of DEET are not necessarily safer for children than those with higher concentrations. Therefore, the EPA no longer allows claims that (DEET) products are specifically indicated for children. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Bite Blocker can be used safely on young children. As published in the New England Journal of Medicine (July 2002), Bite Blocker For Kids provided better protection than the DEET based product for Kids with 5% concentration.
“Comparative Efficacy of Insect Repellents against Mosquito Bites” New England Journal of Medicine, July 4, 2002
Sunscreen effectiveness is dramatically reduced when applied at the same time with DEET. (Consumer Specialty Products Assoc.) Sunscreen nor the effect of the insect repellency is degraded when Bite Blocker is used with inorganic sunscreen ingredients (i.e. Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide). (Nanox 200)
A combination of chemicals (DEET, permethrin, and pyridostigmine bromide) given to protect soldiers against deadly diseases and nerve gas may cause damage to reproduction organs according to experiments at Duke University Medical Center published 1/8/03. No known combination side effects
Avoid contact with plastics (eg. watch crystals, eyeglass frames), rayon, spandex, and painted or varnished surfaces due to the damage DEET causes to these. Never apply DEET over cuts, wounds, and inflamed, irritated skin. Avoid water activities since DEET washes off easily leaving you unprotected. – Insect Repellents, Sept 5, 2002 No known material incompatibilities

the ( department of interior) has put out a PDF titles”Least Toxic Alternatives to DEET.” The also list the Bite Blocker as being one of those alternatives.