Save the Salamanders by avoiding tick and mosquito repellents with picaridin and DEET. Use natural bug repellents instead!

Save the Salamanders by choosing a natural tick and mosquito repellent without Picaridin or DEET

Turned out, Picaridin (chemical pesticide found in many insect repellents) not only repells mosquitos, temporarily comforting consumers but also kills predators like salamanders that control the populations of mosquitos, hence permanently increasing the number of mosquitos in the habitat. What a clever idea! Spray Picaridin bug spray to get rid of bugs, then go back to the store and buy more since the number of mosquitos will increase. By harming mosquito predators, picaridin may help mosquitoes survive “Insect repellents containing picaridin can be lethal to salamanders. So reports a new study published in Biology Letters that investigated how exposure to two common […]

Natural Alternatives to DEET and Picaridin Mosquito Repellents

Natural Alternatives to DEET and Picaridin Mosquito Repellents

DEET is one of the most popular insect repellents in the world. It has been estimated 30% of Americans use it every year and the results of many studies suggest it is safe to use. However, DEET (diethyltoluamide) is a chemical, and many people do not like the idea of placing poisonous chemical compounds onto their skin. There is also some concern that DEET may no be 100% safe for everyone. In 1998, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported 14 to 46 cases of seizure, including 4 deaths, that may have been caused by DEET. After stating, “It […]