Summertime means picnics, bike rides, hikes and outdoor adventures. Unfortunately, summertime also means mosquitoes and other pesky insects. Bug bites can certainly put a damper on your outdoor fun, but more importantly mosquitoes and ticks can carry diseases that are harmful. A safe and effective picaridin-based insect repellent can limit bites and protect you and your family from illnesses carried by insects.
What is Picaridin?
You may not have heard of picaridin, but has been around since the 1980s. Widely used in Europe and Australia for decades, picaridin has only been available in the United States since 2005. Much like the omnipresent DEET, picaridin repels bugs but it doesn't kill them. It keeps insects such as mosquitoes and ticks from sensing their prey. Basically, when using picaridin, you become invisible to the bugs. That's a superpower that can save your summer!
Picaridin vs. DEET
When it comes to insect repellents, DEET has dominated the market. But DEET has potential hazards which should be taken into consideration before using it. For example, DEET's toxicity level is still unclear. What is known is that DEET is absorbed by the skin. Incorrect use of DEET can cause skin irritation, disorientation, dizziness, and in extreme cases, seizures. DEET also can also damage plastics, clothing and other materials and often has a greasy feel and unpleasant odor—all things that should make you reconsider before applying it.
Picaridin, on the other hand, has proven to be a much safer and healthier solution. It is far less likely to cause skin irritation and has no other side effects. It doesn't damage plastics or clothing and it is not greasy or oily.
As for effectiveness, DEET is effective against mosquitoes, ticks and black files. Picaridin, however, is better at repelling mosquitoes, ticks, flies, fleas, chiggers, gnats and no-see-umss. Fending off more bugs is definitely a reason to select a picaridin-based repellent like ZONE Insect Repellents.
A Good Choice for Your Family
Picaridin is long-lasting, which is perfect for a day spent outdoors with little ones, camping, hiking or ball games. A repellent with 15 percent picaridin is effective for up to 8 hours. But ZONE Insect Repellents use 20 percent picaridin ensuring it is effective for 12+ hours of protection. Our products are safe for children as young as 2 months old.
It is important to use an insect repellent anytime when outdoors. Not only will it protect against itchy and painful bites, repellents can also ward off pests that carry diseases like West Nile Virus. A picaridin-based repellent is your best option. It is safe, effective, long lasting, and, most importantly, it can help make your summer a good one.
Are you ready for a more enjoyable, safe outdoor experience with your family? Check out all of our available ZONE Insect Repellents. We have something for everyone!