DEET and other chemical repellents - what are the risks?

DEET and other chemical repellents - what are the risks?

Mosquitoes and other biting insects aren’t just annoying and painful – they can also spread deadly diseases. So it’s no wonder that people want to find ways to control them and lessen their impact. For many people, that can sometimes mean choosing a repellent which is full of chemical insecticides and other repelling chemicals, such as DEET, without really thinking about the risks associated with them.

However, it’s worth understanding the possible problems caused by chemical sprays, so you can minimise their impact and ideally look for safer options - such as THEYE’s all natural repellent range.

What are the risks?

Depending on the active ingredient and the method of use, they can cause health problems for people and pets, and can damage populations of beneficial insects such as bees. Whether you use an insecticide to kill mosquitoes on your property or apply a repellent to prevent bites, some repellents leave you with the risk of exposing you and your family to potentially damaging chemicals.

While the chemicals used in bug sprays can affect anyone, they’re most dangerous to small children and pets, who are more likely to put household items in their mouths, and touch surfaces around the home.

Repellents, particularly those that contain DEET, have been associated with irritation to the skin and eyes, nausea and dizziness, and triggering symptoms of asthma. The effects can be especially harmful for pregnant women, young children, and people with weakened immunity.

What is the solution?
Experts advise trying natural alternatives first, such as these by THEYE. All of our range has been manufactured in the UK and tested to be highly effective against many biting insects, so they are really a one-size fits all way of making sure you’re protected against pests when out there.

They are natural, powerful plant-based formulations that show in testing to be as effective as synthetic chemicals but without the risk of side effects. They are moisturising to the skin, with a pleasant smell, benefit from being DEET & Alcohol-free and are even suitable for pregnant women and children as young as 6 months old.


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