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Which Bug Repellent Is Best?

In DEET, Lyme Disease, Uncategorized, West Nile Virus on September 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

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If your family is like ours, you’ll be spending time outdoors this Labor Day weekend.

And if you’re a mother like me (read: a worrier), you’re well aware of news reports

about the abundance of ticks this year,

and about an increase in cases of West Nile virus in some parts of the country.

That means we’ll be spraying ourselves and our children with bug repellent, to ward off both ticks

and the pesky mosquitoes that carry West Nile.

(Generally we avoid slathering our offspring with chemicals.

But we make an exception in this case,

if they’re going to be out in nature for extended periods of time). But which repellent is best?

Consumer Reports has updated a test of widely available repellents that work on both deer ticks and mosquitoes that carry West Nile,

along with cost information on a per-ounce basis. The six top-rated products are $2 an ounce or less.

The data on costs is from 2010, according to Consumer Reports, but all the products are currently available.

(And a quick check online suggests prices are about the same, or in some cases, lower.)

Just how much chemical you are comfortable exposing yourself

and your children to is up to you. The four top-ranked brands

— Off Deep Woods Sportsmen II, Cutter Backwoods Unscented, Off Family Care Smooth & Dry,

and 3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent — all contain DEET in varying concentrations from 15 percent to 30 percent,

and were able to repel mosquitoes for at least eight hours.

DEET is effective, and the Environmental Protection Agency says it is safe when used as directed,

but you shouldn’t use it on babies under 2 months old. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises

against using products with more than 30 percent DEET on children.

The fifth- and sixth-ranked products — Repel Plant Based Lemon Eucalyptus and Natrapel 8-hour with Picaridin —

don’t contain DEET, but provided long-lasting protection as well.

The lower-ranked products also repelled mosquitoes effectively, but generally for shorter periods of time,

and some had other drawbacks, like a tendency to stain clothing.

The upshot, Consumer Report says, is that “most of the tested products will do the job if you’re

going to be outside for only a couple of hours, but look for a highly rated product to protect you on longer excursions.”

The E.P.A. has information on its Web site to help you choose a repellentbased on your specific needs,

although it doesn’t include cost data. General information about West Nile is available

from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Are you stepping up your use of bug repellent due to West Nile?


Mosquito Warning for Montanans

In DEET, Lyme Disease, Uncategorized, West Nile Virus on July 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Posted: July 19, 2012 10:59 AM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)

Mosquitoes are loving the recent weather conditions in Montana, and while the pesky insects are mostly annoying, they can also spread a dangerous virus.

Montana health officials are cautioning people to be aware that mosquito bites can carry West Nile virus, and besides using mosquito repellent, there are some other ways people can protect themselves.

Lewis & Clark County public health nurse Mike Henderson said, “You can prevent bites of course by covering up your skin. Long sleeves, long pants, especially at dusk and dawn. And if we can take measures to prevent where mosquitoes are going to be able to breed. Drain any standing water around your place at least once a week.”

Infection by West Nile virus occurs in about three to 14 days after being bitten and while most people who get bit won’t have any symptoms, some people may develop a headache, fever, fatigue and joint stiffness.

Mosquito awareness week nationwide next week June 18, 2012

In DEET, Dengue Fever, Malaria, West Nile Virus on June 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

From June 24 to June 30, residents and business officials of Fort Myers Beach are asked to be more aware of the five D’s of protection during Mosquito Awareness Week.

The five D’s are: don’t go outdoors at Dusk and Dawn when mosquitos are most active; to protect against bites, Dress so your skin is covered with clothing; empty containers and Drain stagnant water; and protect bare skin and clothing with DEET mosquito repellent.

Controlling mosquitoes is important. Make sure to check standing water or any possible containers holding water. Try to check after rainstorms, for these potential hazards that will attract mosquitoes. Also, wear mosquito repellent and cover up with as much clothing as possible, especially between dusk and dawn, to help prevent being bitten by these pesky bugs.

Mosquitoes mob Green Valley in Washington; residents organize to zap swarms

In DEET, West Nile Virus on June 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Workers and farming families in the Green Valley in Yakima County are trying to start a mosquito-control service area or join an existing district. They say the bugs are biting into worker safety, the bottom line and human health.

141 Repellent to Compete for Deployed War Fighter Protection (DWFP) Grant

In DEET, Dengue Fever, Lyme Disease, Malaria, Uncategorized, West Nile Virus on July 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm

We hope to compete for this grant to help us further develop our repellent.

From: Burkett, Douglas LtCol OSD ATL
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2011 9:10 AM
Subject: Deployed War Fighter Protection (DWFP) call for Pre-proposals (Suspense: COB 9 Sept 2011)

MEMORANDUM FOR Deployed War Fighter Protection (DWFP) Competitive Grant Pre-proposal submitters July 28 2011

SUBJECT: DWFP Call For FY12 Pre-Proposals (Suspense: COB 9 Sept 2011)

Dear Colleagues,

As the Research Liaison Officer for the Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB), I continue to have the distinct pleasure of announcing this year’s call for DWFP pre-proposals for competitive grants. This year we have about $1.0M available for new starts (5-8 new projects). We will consider all applications related to development and testing of public health (PH) related application technologies, pesticides and repellents.

This year’s emphasis will primarily focus on new materials, equipment and application methods targeting mosquitoes, phlebotomine sand flies, and filth flies; new or established pesticides and products used in novel ways; new or improved synergists and formulations; and alternatives to pyrethroids for treatment of clothing for personal protection against biting insects. DWFP is especially amenable to grants that transition products from lab to commercial partners for use by both the military and for general public health vector control purposes.

The official announcement can be found at with the full application, submission details and embedded links for submitting pre-proposals for FY 2012 at: The call for pre-proposals is also posted at Please forward this announcement as appropriate to colleagues and researchers who may not be on the distribution list or in our community.

On behalf of the AFPMB and our deployed forces, we appreciate any of your efforts to develop new tools and products for protection of deployed personnel against vector-borne diseases, with value for wider applications against pests and vectors of public health importance. Should you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly, or our DWFP Technical Consultant, Dr Graham White: office            352-374-5968      , cell             352-328-9473      ,

Most Sincerely,

//Signed/dab/29 July 2011//

Lt Col Douglas A. Burkett, PhD
Research Liaison Officer / Deployed War Fighter Protection (DWFP) Program Manager Armed Forces Pest Management Board, ODUSD (I&E) Forest Glen, Bldg. 172
2461 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20190-1230
Office:             (301) 295-8315       (DSN 295)
BB:             703 380 0099

Portsmouth, VA asks Academics to Solve Mosquito Woes

In DEET, Lyme Disease, Uncategorized, West Nile Virus on July 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Portsmouth asks academics to solve mosquito woes

The Asian tiger mosquito has plagued Virginia since 1991.

 The Asian tiger mosquito has plagued Virginia since 1991.
The Virginian-Pilot
© June 22, 2011


For years, the city has struggled to fight the salt-marsh mosquito, a pesky bug that swarms Craney Island, keeping residents locked inside their homes. But now, another pest, the Asian tiger mosquito, has plagued the area so badly that Portsmouth has turned to experts at Rutgers University for help.

The mosquitoes are bad all over Hampton Roads, Portsmouth’s mosquito control administrator, George Wojcik, said recently.

There are so many places for them to lie low and reproduce that traditional control methods don’t work, he said.

The black and white insects have been stealthily zipping around Virginia since 1991. They’ve taken up residence in birdbaths, rain gutters, planters and virtually any other water-bearing object. They also love backyards – places that are difficult for the city to reach with truck-mounted sprays, Wojcik said.

Portsmouth residents Jim and Carol Grider said their backyard is particularly where the bugs have been pesky in previous years. Despite diligent efforts to rid their property of water, the mosquitoes regularly breed in the flower pots they keep out back, Jim Grider said.

Asking people to keep their property water-free is unrealistic, said Rutgers associate professor Dr. Dina Fonseca, who is leading the Asian tiger mosquito project from New Jersey. Portsmouth joins about a dozen counties in three other states that are participating in a study to wipe out the problem.

Even the tidiest homeowners can fall victim to a tiger mosquito infestation, she said. Tiny pools of water in the street or a neighbor’s backyard can result in a mosquito problem for an entire community.

“We had prisoners on good behavior come out and clean up alleys and pick up tires and go into houses and clean up everything,” Fonseca said about her testing in New Jersey, “and we ended up concluding that it just doesn’t work.”

Ideas to control the mosquito population include trying to kill the bugs early in the summer, before activity normally peaks, to using a juvenile hormone that would keep the mosquitoes forever young. A mosquito eternally trapped as a child can’t bite, Fonseca said.

The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, also is working with Brandeis University economists to measure just how annoyed residents get with mosquitoes and to determine whether they are a problem people actually want solved, Fonseca said.

The answers are easy for the Griders, who are interested to see what the study will show. Their Cavalier Forest neighborhood is one of four Portsmouth communities being tested.

Any solutions, Fonseca and Wojcik warn, are likely years away.

So for now, keep your bug spray handy. You’re going to need it.

Sarah Hutchins,             (757) 446-2326      ,

141 Repellent covered on Fox 31 in Denver

In DEET, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Uncategorized on May 19, 2011 at 8:10 am

“Tracz hopes that his company’s natural pine-oil derivative will be the first non-toxic alternative to DDT, and he believes it could change the face of disease control in the developing world.

The name of his company, 141 Repellent, is based on a business model that means just that: one for one. For every bottle the company sells, it will donate one malaria treatment for a bed net in the developing world.”,0,4142738.story

“Takes 10 yrs & approx $30 million to bring to market a new repellent”

In DEET, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Uncategorized, West Nile Virus on February 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm
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News Briefs from University of California Davis

Monday, February 21, 2011

Researchers from the University of California, Davis, will present these findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17-21, 2011

Presentation: Olfactory Molecular Targets for Reverse Chemical Ecology
Presenter: Walter Leal, UC Davis Department of Entomology
Date and time: Monday, Feb. 21, 9:45 a.m.
Location: 145B Washington Convention Center
Symposium: Chemically Speaking: How Organisms Talk to Each Other

With current technologies, it takes about 10 years and approximately $30 million to bring to market a new repellent for mosquitoes, which transmit devastating diseases such as malaria, dengue and West Nile virus. Hoping to decrease the time and money needed to develop new mosquito repellents, the Walter Leal lab has looked beyond the rich genome of the mosquito to the fruit fly genome. An abundance of information is already available about fruit fly olfactory receptor neurons, which play an important role in the sense of smell and are key to developing insect repellents. The research by Leal and colleagues has yielded a wealth of information about fruit fly receptivity to a variety of repellents, including DEET, and has led to new techniques that should prove valuable in screening candidate mosquito repellent compounds in the early stages of research and development.

Contact: Walter Leal, Entomology,–anb021411.php


Ideal Insect repellent

In Bed Bugs, DEET, Dengue Fever, Lyme Disease, Malaria, Uncategorized, West Nile Virus on December 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

The best repellent will repel multiple insects’ bloodsuckers, effective for six to eight hours, no skin irritation or mucous membranes, no systematic toxicity, resistant to wash off, greaseless and odorless, and cosmetically appealing.

This is our goal with 141 Repellent!

A New Way to Protect Against Disease

In Bed Bugs, DEET, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Uncategorized, West Nile Virus on November 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm

We are planning to help you  keep up with developments in the mosquito borne illness and treatment world. Both humans and animals have been bothered by mosquitoes and other bloodsucking pests like bed bugs and ticks for centuries. Malaria and Dengue fever are just 2 of the deadly diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. We are going to help by developing the first effective all natural insect repellent and distributing it worldwide by combining commerce and charity. We are starting the US EPA registration process soon.

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