New evidence, new advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics, August 2001
Extensive animal toxicity studies at concentrations likely to occur when products containing DEET are used as directed recently were submitted to the EPA. The studies indicate that products with lower concentrations of DEET are not necessarily safer for children than those with higher concentrations. Therefore, the EPA no longer allows claims that products are specifically indicated for children.
A product's ability to repel pests also is a consideration. Data indicate that DEET products with concentrations of about 30% are more protective than lower concentration products. In addition, concentrations higher than 30% do not confer much additional protection but last longer, e.g., eight to 12 hours.
It would seem appropriate, therefore, to use products with concentrations around 30% for adults and children. Products with lower concentrations (10% to 15%) can be used for children, if families are concerned about the potential risks of DEET and there is little or no concern about the transmission of malaria, encephalitis or other major vector-borne diseases.
June 16, 2001 - Minneapolis StarTribune Fixit column
"We found a product that really works against gnats. It's called Buggspray Vanilla scent. This stuff worked on black flies in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area when 100 percent DEET did not.
Other readers claim that plain vanilla extract from the cupboard works, too. For example, Ronald Stangohr of Buffalo, Minn., wrote: I was on my dock yesterday and was bitten many times. I went into the house and put on the vanilla and went back and fished ... They come near, but they don't bite."
May 29, 2001
Bugg Products was featured on Channel 5 News (KSTP-ABC - Mpls., MN) as part of a Focus 5 report regarding insect repellents containing DEET and labeling for children. The story considered the conflicting information from the EPA and the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding DEET concentration. Mr. Weekley, President of Bugg Products, sided with the EPA because they have reviewed all the safety and toxicity data regarding DEET and have concluded it is safe when used as directed. "It's not the concentration that matters, in a product, it's the actual dosage - how many grams of product you get on your skin", he said. Regarding DEET usage, he stated, "Actually, you face more of a risk not using a (DEET-based) repellent and getting bit by mosquitoes that carry disease, or Lyme disease carried by ticks..."
March 1, 2001
Bugg Products introduces Buggins brand Insect Repellent - Vanilla Mint Scent. Targeted at families with kids, Buggins is a DEET-free alternative to the two great-smelling Buggspray Insect Repellents, Vanilla Scent and Sport Scent. Formulated with pure peppermint oil and a proprietary vanilla fragrance, the product provides relief from mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies, no-see-ums, and gnats. Along with their other repellents, Buggins will be sold through golf courses, resorts, sporting goods stores and the website, www.buggspray.com.
Bugg Products, a Minnesota-based company, manufactures and markets personal insect repellents - products designed to be sprayed on skin and clothing to repel insects. The company proclaims their products are different because they actually work and smell good.