Zika is Still a Real Threat in the US
Zika still a very real threat to the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the risk is actually more widespread now.
People are nervous about whether their bug sprays are doing what they’re supposed to do. And aside from the dangerous mosquito born diseases including Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and Lyme, bloodsucking pests can ruin a vacation too.
That’s why Consumer Reports’ latest round of tests on the effectiveness of repellents is so important.
Here is the “Buzz” from the chemical industry.
The tests covered all manner of repellents: sprays and lotions, branded and generic, and chemical and “natural.”
All were tested against day-biting as well as night-biting nuisances.
Consumer Reports found that not only ingredients mattered, but also concentrations as well.
Among the products that received a thumbs up only three ingredients hit the mark: deet (short for N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide a synthesized chemical;), picaridin (a lab-made compound similar to a derivative of black pepper) , and lemon eucalyptus oil (OLE).
Researchers found that “natural” on the label did not mean effective. In fact, none of the “natural’ products tested proved effective, with the exception of those containing Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
They advise to stay away from ingredients such as cedar, citronella, lemon grass, and rosemary, biters may appreciate the spice you are adding to the menu, but you are risking diseases from pests such as mosquitoes and ticks.
Funny, those are all of the ingredients that the “old people” in my family used to keep mosquitoes away when I was a boy, that was before DDT/Deet and the like.
Recently I spoke to my friend Charles Murray, the Chairman/CEO of Penta 5 USA, about keeping the “Bugs at Bay” and “Toxins out of the Way” this is what Charles told me.
Paul, “The continued war against insects and mosquitoes has many side consequences all of which effect humans and animals. The chemicals are left on all the surrounding tress and ground and the rains wash this into the lakes and streams and underground waters. We then eat or use this water for our foods at our own peril.
“Large chemical companies rather than spend money on finding out why these insects and mosquitoes bite humans and tackle the solution this way, prefer to develop stronger toxins without any long term checks to see what it does to humans and animal life.
“Penta 5 USA has taken the decision to offer wellness and environmentally friendly products that harm no one.
“The ANYTIME™ no-bite topical lotions are safe for pregnant woman, children and pets leaving no chemical footprint behind. A revolutionary development to replace harsh chemical spraying methods is outdoor ZONE™ no-bite spatial attractant/confounder/repellant results in the mosquito no longer seeking blood and thus avoids all diseases she passes on.
“No harm to the mosquito she can still pollinate and leave eggs in lakes and streams etc. For rural areas we have the SECURE™ Yard and Garden insecticide sprays that control insects and eggs.”
These are solutions with no chemical footprint left behind that future generations will have to deal with.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively