Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Nothing ruins a day outdoors like getting bitten up by mosquitoes or bugs, but that doesn't have to deter you or your kids from having a good time outside. Whether it is a day at the beach, an outdoor picnic, a day of camping, kayaking, or hiking, the bugs, no-seeums and/or mosquitoes will be out and ready to attack but all you have to do is show those bugs who is the boss!

I know that here, where I live in Florida (by the Everglades) the mosquitoes are a huge problem and so is Zika Virus, so finding the right insect repellent is key.  Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night.

One of my favorite products on the market to fight off the bugs and mosquitoes and protect from harmful UV rays is Skin-So Soft Bug Guard, especially because it is deet-free and instead, contains contains Picaridin. Picaridin is a synthetic repellent modeled after a compound that occurs naturally in the black pepper plant.  Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus effectively repels mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges.

The CDC recommends the use of insect repellent to reduce your risk of bug bites (including mosquitoes, ticks, and some flies) that can spread diseases (including Zika, dengue, and Lyme disease), many of which cannot be prevented or treated with a vaccine or medicine

By using Bug Guard Plus insect repellent and sunscreen you are helping to take steps to prevent bug bites.And the great news is that Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus is an EPA-registered insect repellent.
Use Insect Repellent
Use EPA-registered insect repellents for protection against mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs. Other repellents protect against mosquitoes but may not be effective against ticks or other bugs.

These ingredients are helpful in protection against mosquitoes and more...
  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • IR3535
  • 2-undecanone (methyl nonyl ketone)

IR3535 -  is an ingredient that provides repellency against a broad range of biting insects, including mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges.

When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.


• Repels mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus
• Repels deer ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease
• Repels mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, no- 
  seeums and biting midges
• Provides SPF 30 protection
• PABA-free and DEET-free
• Non-greasy
• Vitamin E and Aloe
• Pediatrician tested

Insect repellents are one part of a more comprehensive program to control mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as dengue or Zika. Avoiding or preventing bites can help prevent transmission of dengue and any other vector-borne diseases.  ( Source:

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

Show those bugs Who is the Boss! Protect your family with America's #1 Deet-free repellent.

UPDATE: (as of 5/6/18) - An article was posted by the New York Times stating that: "Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds."

To Order Your Deet-free Insect Repellent, visit: BUG GUARD PLUS

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