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  • What's Buggin' You? - Insect Repellent and Sting Relief Products

    Warm Weather is Bringing us an Especially Buggy Spring

    Mellow weather continues to satisfy backyard chefs and schoolchildren ambitious to change from long pants to shorts. But the warm weather is likely to come at a cost. More bugs this spring - appearing earlier than usual in the garden, yard, and patio. Just like us, the bugs are simply loving this warm weather, and it's setting the stage for mosquito-swatting season.

    Warm temperatures will mean better survival rates for bugs that are not cold-hearty. Also, as bug populations are expected to be larger this spring, the warm weather is likely to bring them out and keep them around. Mosquitoes and ticks are going to eat us all alive this summer - Bust out the bug repellant! Get Bug Ready with our great solutions below or read more about this buggy season coming up!

    Because of the rain we've had, there is an abundance of food out there. Insects are famously reproductive; they lay a ton of eggs, so if there is food available, they will get to work, said Michael Wall, curator of entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

  • Warm Weather is Bringing us an Especially Buggy Spring

    Mellow weather continues to satisfy backyard chefs and schoolchildren ambitious to change from long pants to shorts. But the warm weather is likely to come at a cost… More bugs this spring - appearing earlier than usual in the garden, yard and patio. Just like us, the bugs are simply loving this warm weather, and it’s setting the stage for mosquito-swatting season.

    Warm temperatures will mean better survival rates for bugs that are not cold-hearty. Also, as bug populations are expected to be larger this spring, the warm weather is likely to bring them out and keep them around. Mosquitoes and ticks are going to eat us all alive this summer - Bust out the bug repellant! Get Bug Ready with our great solutions below or read more about this buggy season coming up!

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  • Bug Season - This one is gonna be GNARLY

    Spring and Winter brought us a lot of warmer weather and moisture this year. While this is  great for curing drought conditions, it brought a lot of flooding, will cause greater wildfire conditions late Summer and early Autumn and is about to cause a boom in the bug population.

    Warmer Winters mean more insects, eggs, and larvae survive to pester us in the Spring.  More moisture means food for plant-eating insects, and breeding grounds for water-breeding insects. This is great for all the benefits we get from bugs, but not so much for annoying and sometimes dangerous bites and stings.

    All those stagnant pools of water should mean enough mosquitoes to keep us firmly indoors, or at least coated in DEET, as we're all still concerned about Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases...

    Insect repellents can help reduce exposure to mosquitoes that may transmit disease such as West Nile virus and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis). These diseases can cause serious illness and even death. Using insect repellent allows you to continue to play and work outdoors with a reduced risk of mosquito bites. The Centers for Disease Control has additional information available. and these articles are helpful, too.

    ~     When do you apply insect repellent?
    ~     Good Morning America Features Natrapel
    ~     General Care of Bites and Stings
    ~     Ben’s Outdoor – with DEET
    ~     Mosquito Control: You Have Options
    ~     What is “Continuous Spray”?
    ~     After Bite Sting Relief Products – The Buzz Behind the Bee

    insectrepellents-animatedAccording to Popular Science, more adult mosquitoes live through a warm winter, and more of their larvae survive as well. And since mosquitoes breed in standing water, a wet spring gives them plenty of romantic enclaves to keep the population boom going. Moreover, warm weather speeds up a mosquito’s reproductive lifecycle—she can lay more eggs and have them hatch more quickly. If this is making you itchy, it should.

    The National Pest Management Association recently released its "bug barometer", and the predictions are lousy. This spring and summer, most of the continental United States (apart from the Pacific Northwest) will experience an uptick in insect numbers. In most regions, mosquitoes and ticks will emerge earlier and in greater numbers than usual. The southwest doesn’t have to deal with earlier mosquitoes, according to the barometer, but it gets to share in the nation’s bitter, buggy bounty: once the insects do emerge, they'll be more prolific than usual.

    2018 Spring Bug Barometer After a somewhat mild winter experienced across much of the country, Americans can collectively expect a very buggy spring and summer. See below for the official spring Bug Barometer, which details what Americans can expect in terms of pests in each region of the country based on past and current weather patterns.

    Ticks, which carry Lyme disease, are also a concern in much of the northeast. The bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease, can harm the joints, heart, and even the nervous system if left unchecked.

    Coast to Coast, Americans need to think about protection against insects. From Washington's top news warning that  bug populations are expected to be larger this spring, the warm weather is likely to bring them out sooner ("I would expect to see earlier mosquito activity than we do in the so-called normal year, so I think the biters are just around the corner, too") to the San Diego Union-Tribune advising that as a precaution, the county government’s vector-control crews are already dosing large bodies of standing water with larvicide pellets that can keep mosquito larvae from becoming droves of the blood-sucking insects - we KNOW what's gonna be buggin' you this year!

    “Because of the rain we’ve had, there is an abundance of food out there. Insects are famously reproductive; they lay a ton of eggs, so if there is food available, they will get to work,” said Michael Wall, curator of entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

  • Mosquito Control: You Have Options

    With all the news on Zika, we have sheared a lot on how to Prevent Mosquito Bites.

    It is important o stay up to date on Zika and Mosquitoes... Zika NewsZika and PregnancyMore on Zika - but most important - think of how you can keep mosquitoes away - not just from biting, but AWAY.

    Here are some tips from the CDC:

    a human hand pointing to the instructions on a can of insect repellentProtect yourself and your family from mosquito bites

    Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

    A chart showing examples of insect repellents broken down by active ingredients and product brands that contain those ingredients. The first active ingredient listed is DEET. Some examples of brand name products containing DEET are OFF, Cutter, Sawyer, and Ultrathon. The second active ingredient listed is Picaridin, also know as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icardin. Some examples of brand name products containing Picaridin are Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan, which is found outside the United States. The third active ingredient listed is Oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. An example of a brand name product containing Oil of lemon eucalyptus is Repel. The fourth and final active ingredient listed is IR3535. Some examples of brand name products containing IR3535 are Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart.* Insect repellent brand names are provided for your information only. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cannot recommend or endorse any name brand products.

    Tips for Everyone

    • Always follow the product label instructions.
    • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
      • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
      • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.

    Tips for Babies & Children

    an adult male applying insect repellent to a child's face

    • Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
    • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
    • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
      • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
    • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old.

    Natural insect repellents (repellents not registered with EPA)

    • We do not know the effectiveness of non-EPA registered insect repellents, including some natural repellents.
    • To protect yourself against diseases like chikungunya, dengue, and Zika, CDC and EPA recommend using an EPA-registered insect repellent.
    • Choosing an EPA-registered repellent ensures the EPA has evaluated the product for effectiveness.
    • Visit the EPA website to learn more.

    a babies crib covered by a mosquito net

    2. Protect your baby or child

    • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
    • Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.

    a bottle of insect repellent shown spraying clothing

    3. Treat clothing and gear

    • Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
      • Permethrin-treated clothing will protect you after multiple washings. See product information to find out how long the protection will last.
      • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions.
      • Do not use permethrin products directly on skin.

    a mosquito protected house

    4. Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home

    • Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
    • Use air conditioning when available.
    • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers. Check inside and outside your home. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.
  • Zika Prevention - Good Morning America Features Natrapel

    We have shared various updates on Zika in the US, including Zika – Facts and PreventionZika and Pregnancy and of course, with all 503 current US Zika cases being travel-related, Travel Safety. Now Good Morning America recommended our Natrapel Products for Zika Prevention!Natrapel-GoodMorningAmerica

    Also read More on Zika & When do you apply insect repellent?

    Natrapel®

    Image of Natrapel 8-hour 3.4oz Pump, Natrapel® 8-hour 6oz Continuous Spray, and Natrapel 8-hour Wipes 12/box.Natrapel® Products: Natrapel Deet-Free Insect Repellent with Picardin - Effective, DEET-free protection from mosquitoes, black flies, ticks and more. Natrapel 8 Hour - Deet-Free Tick and Insect Repellent Proven to Last Up to 8 Hours!

    Natrapel 8 hour wipes, pump, and continuous spray! For long-lasting DEET-Free relief from insects

     

    Deet Free Insect & Mosquito Repellents

  • Ben's Outdoor - with DEET

    bens-outdoor-deet-permethrinBen’s was started by a gentleman named Mark Mowatt out of Maine. He had previously worked for the company that sold and distributed the Muskol brand insect repellent.  He felt that he could better market and promote the product on his own, so he created a new brand and named it after his son Ben.

    Mark started with a 100% DEET re-packaged into a bright orange bottle and marketed it throughout New England, starting in Maine and growing the brand from there.  Tender Corporation was already in the insect bite treatment market and struck up many conversations with Mark at a variety of trade shows.  Through these conversations Mark discovered it made a great deal of sense to sell the brand to Tender Corporation and concentrate on other areas of the business.

    Ben’s was purchased by Tender Corporation in April of 1987 and extended the brand into a Ben’s Wilderness formula (30% DEET) and backyard Formula (20% DEET).  The mid 90’s brought forth a new formulation with the incorporation of their Turco machine (bag on valve technology). They were one of only three companies to use this technology in manufacturing.   This allowed Tender Corporation to take out alcohol and propellant, leaving 100% repellent in our product lines.  They continued on with Ben’s Wilderness and Ben’s Backyard formulas.  Looking at the differentiation and the fact that there was not many costing points between the 20% and 30% they decided to drop the 20% and focus the brand on the higher end DEET messaging, from 100% down to the 30%. 0006-7070

    DEET has been the most tested chemical by the EPA over the last 60-70 years.  There have been no health issues related to the use of DEET that were not intentional by the end user.  It is a very safe and effective active ingredient for repellents. Tender Corporation has continued to enhance the packaging and messaging while sticking with the bright orange coloring in a variety of sizes in pump sprays, continuous spray and wipes in the Ben’s 30% to handle the variety of needs the marketplace has.

    Ben's® Outdoor

    Ben's Products - Deet & Permethrin Based Insect Repellents: Ben's Deet repellents - offering protection from insects that may carry Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), West Nile Virus (WNV), malaria and other infectious diseases. Don't be afraid or bothered to be outside with Ben's Deet repellant's. Providing protection for up to 8-10 hours, Ben's products will help you relax and enjoy your outdoor outings without the worry or annoyance of bugs!

    Ben's Products: Ben's 30 and 100 Deet Repellent bug spray NEW BEN'S® CLOTHING AND GEAR REPELLENT See them here!

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