CARTERSVILLE, Ga., March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BugBand is proud to announce that its DEET-free, insect repellent products are ready to assist America's families in their ever expanding battle against mosquitoes and other insects that are so prevalent in the spring and summer months. Mosquitoes are well recognized carriers of viruses such as Zika, Chikengunya Dengue Fever, and West Nile virus. BugBand wants to remind everyone out there who either work, or simply love to be outdoors as much as its founder, that there is an environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic, natural line of defense that will keep annoying insects at bay.
"I was raised on an Iowa dairy farm where my passion for the outdoors became ingrained to this day. Unfortunately mosquitoes were an agitating reality within that upbringing," says founder Dan Ritter. "I have used so many repellents over the years to counter the nuisance and harm caused by mosquitoes, but the only ones that were effective contained DEET, which troubled me because of its harmful effects to the environment, and became the very reason why I created my own with BugBand."
Though DEET-based repellents do provide needed protection, their use comes at an immense cost. Some DEET-based products have been found to be flammable, and many manufacturers of flame-retardant garments have issued warnings to their users not to use DEET-based repellants while wearing their flame retardant suits. Further concerns about DEET are its uses as a solvent, where it can melt or cause damage to plastic, rubber and paint. Things like acrylic sunglasses, fishing line, watch crystals, paint on automobiles and similar materials can be damaged or destroyed if subjected to DEET-based products.
"Consumers need to realize what DEET is. DEET is a synthetic, manufactured chemical that is generically well known to repel insects," explains Mr. Ritter. "However, when formulated with any ingredient, even tap water, it is required to be registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide. DEET does not readily degrade in the environment and has a potential to move through soil and into groundwater. It can be toxic to fish, birds, and aquatic invertebrates. As an avid outdoorsman, that troubles me."
The active ingredient in BugBand's insect repelling products is geraniol, a natural essential oil produced from geraniums. When geraniol is blended with other minimum risk, eco-friendly ingredients, you get a biodegradable repellant that is both dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, safe for the environment, and possesses zero toxicity impact on animals or wildlife. While incredibly safe, geraniol was also proven to be a highly effective insect repellant in a field and laboratory research study led by Dr. Jerry Butler in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
BugBand products can be worn or simply placed on any proximate pieces of equipment with no flammability concerns whatsoever. Perfect for moms, runners and outdoor tradesman who place them on baby strollers, hat bands or belt loops, and find them to be highly effective when used in this halo manner. The options can be limitless.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) proclaims the mosquito to be the most deadly animal on the planet. It is also well documented that diseases such as Zika are incurable, so the battle against this formidable opponent starts with good defense. While BugBand makes no claims to prevent any of these diseases, BugBand does have scientific studies showing that a wide range of mosquitoes, including the aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) are repelled using our geraniol-based formula.
BugBand's repellant products are available in multiple formats, from the original wristband to towelettes, pump sprays, bead bags, and portable diffusers. All products are available online or at a retail store near you.
BugBand is a family owned & operated company and is the #1 alternative to chemical based repellents – primarily DEET. BugBand provides a safe, non-toxic, naturally derived insect repellent that is effective in repelling, mosquitoes, ticks, flies, gnats, no-see-ums and fleas. BugBand is proudly made in the USA and bears the "Made in USA" brand certification mark. Businesses that meet the accreditation standards are invited to use the Made in USA brand certification mark. When customers see the "Made in USA" brand certification mark, they know they are getting reliable U.S. made and grown products.
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