Should You Really Be Using Bug Spray?

Here's what you need to know about using bug spray! 

If you didn't know this already, most repellents have an active ingredient called N,N-Diethyltoluamide or DEET, which is effective for protecting you from bug bites.

According to certain consumer reports it's the most used insect repellent in the U.S.

Even though it's popular, it actually has a reputation for being a toxic chemical.

Consumer reports state that it is causing skin reactions, causes of cancer and seizures in children.

It isn't really dangerous but Dr. Joyce Davis, a board-certified dermatologist noted it can become unsafe if you don't apply it properly or if you apply a higher amount than necessary.

Natural alternatives to DEET are citronella and oil of lemon eucalyptus, but experts believe that none are as effective.  

The safest way to use DEET is to read the label! Children should only use with a DEET concentration of 15% and adults shouldn't use more than 30%.

Kari Steele

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