Deet is a pesticide used in normal insect repellent sprays, and it’s the only pesticide us humans are allowed to put directly on our skin. It pollutes our environment and causes damage to our cells. Both you and our planet deserve better.
New research conducted in 2017 has confirmed mosquitoes are fast evolving a complete resistance to Deet based insect repellents and pesticides. This is due the a massive uncontrolled increase in the amount of deet being used my holiday makers and the use of deet based pesticides in agriculture.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say mosquitoes are first deterred by the substance, but then later ignore it. To find out more they took some Aegypti mosquitoes in the laboratory, and tempted them with a human arm covered in Deet. As expected, the repellent put the insects off their potential meal. However, a few hours later when the same mosquitoes were offered a chance to dine again, the researchers found that the Deet was not effective.
There is something about being exposed to the chemical the first time that changes their olfactory system - changes their sense of smell - and their ability to smell Deet, which makes it less effective.
If the levels of DEET being used increases at its current rate we will soon be seeing total resistance the chemical repellent.
Pesticides and the Environment
Our planet has become covered in insecticides, pesticides and other toxic chemicals, these detrimental substances are in the air, soil, our bodies and water supplies. 97% in America contain DEET!
Each year over 200,000 people die from pesticide poisoning.
Deet is the only pesticide allowed to be put directly on people's skin. It is hardly surprising that cancer rates are rising with all of this chemical bombardment on our bodies and the environment around us.
Mosquito-borne disease is on the increase worldwide due to pesticide and insecticide resistance, climate change, deteriorating health systems, wars and natural disasters.
Mosquitoes are not the only factor to worry about either, many dangerous diseases are caused by other insects too. Insect stings are also on the increase, which isn’t that surprising when there are over 20,000 different species of wasp. Other dangerous insects include: tsetse fly, hornets, flies and pesky Nats that can all cause serious problems for humans. Also, arachnids such as Ticks carry the potentially fatal Lymes disease. For many years there has been an outbreak of ticks and insects in mainland Europe, including Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey. And now even the UK has become littered with them.
That’s why we decided to create 100% natural insect repellents using essential oils, that are good for your body – and the environment.