Now that the warmer months are upon us you may find yourself spending more time outdoors or even starting to make plans for the summer. Long days at the beach, picnics, bike riding, hiking & camping with friends & family are all activities the warmer months bring. But they also bring mosquitoes! Did you know the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2012 there were more reported case incidents of West Nile Virus than in over 9 years? 80% of those cases were reported in Texas, California, Louisiana, Illinois, Mississippi, South Dakota, Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, Ohio, and New York.
Update: Currently as of June 16, 2015, a total of 13 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes in 2015 and as of June 11, 2015 more than 2,205 people infected with the West Nile virus have been reported! (source)
The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites.
Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family!
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) suggests using Insect Repelling products that have been registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA registration means that EPA does not expect a product, when used according to the instructions on the label, to cause unreasonable adverse effects to human health or the environment*. DEET, Picaridan, IR3535, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus are all EPA registered ingredients and are certified to help prevent insect bites that could lead to West Nile Virus or other illnesses.
Avon Bug Guard is an EPA- registered Insect Repellent that has been around since 1999. It’s DEET-Free and has a variety of formulas to suit everyone in your family as well as every outdoor activity. It’s also been proven to be as effective as S.C. Johnson’s OFF! which contains DEET*.
As an Independent Avon Representative, Avon Bug Guard is one of my best sellers. And during the warmer months it attributes to a large portion of my sales. My customers love it. And you will too if you give it a try.
Now you may have questions about Avon Bug Guard, that’s probably how you found yourself on this page so my goal here is to give you all the info you need so you can purchase with confidence knowing you’ve made the right choice in taking steps to protect you and your family from insect bites and West Nile Virus. Here are some common questions my customers ask about Avon Bug Guard. We’ll start with the active ingredients first.
What are the active ingredients in the product?
Avon Bug Guard formulas contain either one of the following EPA registered Active Ingredients:
Picaridin is a synthetically derived ingredient and is an effective alternative to DEET. It has a low odor, with a light, clean feel. This synthetic based ingredient should be washed off after use.
IR3535 is a botanically based ingredient. It’s non-greasy and an effective repellent that protects against a broad range of insects. It is a gentle formula does not have to be washed off after use or returning from the outdoors.
Is it safe for my family?
Yes, according to the EPA, Picaridin and IR3535 is safe for the whole family but should be applied with the following guidelines in mind:
- Apply repellents only to exposed skin. Do not use repellents under clothing.Never use repellents over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
- Do not apply to eyes or mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using sprays, do not spray directly on face—spray on hands first and then apply to face.
- Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin. Heavy application and saturation are generally unnecessary for effectiveness.
- If biting insects do not respond to a thin film of repellent, then apply a bit more.
- If using products containing Deet or Picaridin wash treated skin with soap and water after use.
Can I use it on my kids?
Yes, the product can be used on children. When applying repellent to children older than 2 these EPA recommended guidelines are suggested:
- When using repellent on a child, apply it to your own hands and then rub them on your child.
- Avoid children’s eyes and mouth and use it sparingly around their ears.
- Do not apply repellent to children’s hands. (Children may tend to put their hands in their mouths.)
- Do not allow young children to apply insect repellent to themselves; have an adult do it for them.
- Keep repellents out of reach of children. Do not apply repellent under clothing.
For children under 2 consult your doctor.
How about if I’m pregnant or nursing?
It’s safe for pregnant and nursing women, just keep in the mind the general recommended guidelines mentioned above when applying it.
Now that we have the safety concerns about Avon Bug Guard out of the way the next question my customers usually ask is:
Which Avon Bug Guard should I use?
The rule of thumb is this:
1) If you’ll be outdoors during dusk or dawn and in areas where mosquitoes and insects are most active Avon Bug Guard plus Picaridin would be the best choice.
2) If you’ll be out and about during the day when sun protection and insect protection is both needed then one of the Avon Bug Guard Plus IR3535 formulas would be best.
Avon Bug Guard plus Picaridin
Available in a pump or aerosal spray Avon Bug Guard plus Picaridin is DEET-FREE and has been extensively tested for protection against mosquitoes, black flies, deer ticks, gnats, no-seeums, sand flies and biting midges. It provides up to 8 hours of protection and can be used day or night but keep in mind it doesn’t contain sunscreen so using it for early mornings or in the evening when sunscreen isn’t needed is the best time to use. You’ll also need to wash it off after using as Picaridin is a synthetic based ingredient.
Ingredients: Active Ingredient: Picaridin 10.0% Other Ingredients: 90.0% Total: 100.0%
Avon Bug Guard Plus IR353 products contains SPF 30 for added sun protection. Depending on your daytime activity would determine which Bug Guard Plus IR3535 formula would be the best choice for you.
Will you be outdoors for an extended amount of time?
Avon Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™ SPF 30
Avon Bug Guard Ingredients:
Will you be swimming or exercising or be in areas with a lot of moisture?
Well, I hope I’ve answered all your questions about Avon Bug Guard and you now feel confident in trying out the product yourself. But if you still feel you need a little more information and want to hear from others who have used the product then feel free to check out the customer reviews found over at the Avon website here. And if you still have more question you’re always welcome to leave your question or comment in the comment box below and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/insect_repellent.htm
Environmental Protection Agency http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/
Avon ** http://investor.avoncompany.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=90402&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=311987&highlight