Features and Benefits
- Outperforms products with DEET
- It's all natural and smells good
- 100% natural, chemical free, and DEET-free
- Pump spray bottle with "Biodegradable" on the label
- Ideal for use as a flea and tick spray for pets
ResourcesDangers of DEET:
Every year, approximately one-third of the U.S. population uses insect repellants containing DEET to ward off mosquitoes and other pests. At present, DEET is used in more than 230 products with concentrations up to 100 percent.
However, DEET should be used with caution due to its possible damaging effects on brain cells. Studies have shown that DEET causes brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. This exposure causes neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory, and concentration. Rats treated with an average human dose of DEET (40 mg/kg body weight) performed far worse when challenged with physical tasks requiring muscle control, strength and coordination. These findings are consistent with reported human symptoms following DEET's use by the military in the Persian Gulf War.
With heavy exposure to DEET and other insecticides, humans may experience memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath. These symptoms may not be evident until months or even years after exposure. The most severe damage occurs when DEET is used concurrently with other insecticides, such as permethrin, for prolonged and frequent periods of time. At this time, there is little information about the short-term, singular and occasional use of DEET. Further government testing of the chemical's safety is necessary. However, frequent and long-term use of DEET, especially in combination with other chemicals or medications, could cause brain deficits in vulnerable populations, particularly children.
Lab Test Results:
Product: All natural insect repellent
Trade Name: Skedattle
Hypothesis: Skedattle is as effective at repelling (defined as eliminating bites) as common products containing mixed percentages of DEET.
Test Products: Skedattle, Off Insect Repellent w/DEET (two types), 100% DEET
Test: Three subjects, three variations rotating subjects.
- Subject one: Non-protected
- Subject two: Protected with test product, Skedattle
- Subject three: Protected with mixed variations of commercial DEET products
Subjects were rotated on three successive test periods over 72 hours, 6 plus test hours. Subjects protected against bites by fabric except tips of fingers to elbows and back of neck.
- Unprotected subjects received bite frequency (averaged over three tests) of 16 per hour.
- DEET subjects received bite frequency (averaged over three tests) of 2.78 bites per hour.
- Skedattle test subjects received bite frequency (averaged over three tests) of 0.16 per hour.
Conclusion: In this test, based on insect activity present at the time, and species present at the time, test product outperformed the hypothesis, proving to be more effective than common products. When tested in rainy conditions, Skedattle continued to repel and did not loose its effectiveness, whereas the other test products had to be reapplied for continued effectiveness. Test product was sprayed on fishing line, and found not to melt fishing line, as do commercial products containing DEET. Test product was sprayed directly onto fishing lure, and the finding was that the bass continued to hit the lure.
About This Test: This was a practical test, and used practical test criteria vs. scientific test criteria. A practical test was developed based on the familiarity of the topic, and the simplistic nature of the results re: the subjects were bit or not bit.
Summary of Bite Frequency: Test was 6+ hours long. The following is figured on a 6 hour time period.
- Non-protected subjects -- 96 bites
- DEET protected subjects -- 16 bites
- Skedattle protected subjects -- 1 bite