Avon Bug Guard facts & Info on how to keep you and your family safe from mosquito spread viruses.
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: In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes. The virus is spreading and cases have been reported in the United States.
The most effective way to avoid diseases spread by mosquitoes is to prevent mosquito bites.
Be aware of the West Nile & Zika 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, Zika 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.
Avon Bug Guard FAQ
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 Skin So Soft 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 Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535 formulas would be best.
Will you be out during the morning or evening hours?
Avon Bug Guard Plus Picaridin protects when mosquitoes and insects are most active.
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.
Hours of Protection:
Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Aerosol Spray (6 hours)
•Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Spray Pump Spray (8 hours)
•Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Towelettes (8 hours)
Avon Bug Guard plus Picaridin Ingredients:
Active Ingredient: Picaridin 10.0% Other Ingredients: 90.0% Total: 100.0%
Will you be outdoors for an extended amount of time?
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.
Avon Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™ SPF 30
If your outdoor activity requires you to be out for long period of time such as camping or hiking then Avon Bug Guard IR3535 Expedition would a suitable choice. Available in a pump or in an aerosol spray this extra strength formula protects from the sun as well as repels mosquitoes up to 8 hours, deer ticks up to 12 hours and 6 hour protection from gnats, no-seeums, sand flies and biting midges . This DEET-free formula is hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested and does not need to be washed off after use.
Hours of Protection:
Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™ SPF 30 Spray (Pump Spray) (8 hours)
Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™ SPF 28 Spray (Aerosol Spray) (8 hours)
Avon Bug Guard Ingredients:
Insect Repellent Active Ingredient: beta-alanine, n-acetyl-N-butyl-, ethyl ester/carboxylic acid 20.0% Active Sunscreen Ingredients: Octocrylene 10% Octinoxate 7.5% Oxybenzone 6% Octisalate 5% Other Ingredients: SD ALCOHOL 40-B WATER HEXYLENE GLYCOL POLYURETHANE COPOLYMER FRAGRANCE ALOE BARBADENSIS EXTRACT TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Will you be swimming or exercising or be in areas with a lot of moisture?
If you plan on swimming or exercising during the day then either of the two varieties below would be a good choice.
Avon Bug Guard Plus IR3535 Sunscreen Moisturizing Lotions
are water and sweat resistant insect repellent lotions that also contain SPF 30. They provide protection from the sun as well as mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges. The nongreasy PABA-free formulas are also enhanced with vitamin E and aloe to keep skin moisturized. Although sweat and water resistant, it should be reapplied about every 2 hours as well as after 80 minutes in the water or after excessive exercise. As IR3535 is a botanically based ingredient it does not need to be washed off.
Bug Guard Plus IR3535® SPF 30 Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion
is pediatrician–tested and suitable for the whole family. Disappearing lotion goes on blue for even application then disappears into skin. This formula should be applied by an adult for children under 10 years old.
Hours of Protection
Bug Guard Plus IR3535® SPF 30 Cool’N Fabulous Disappearing Color Moisturizing Lotion (2 hours)
Bug Guard Plus IR3535® SPF 30 Gentle Breeze Lotion
is dermatologist tested and suitable for the whole family. This formula goes on like other lotions and does not contain a disappearing color.
Hours of Protection
Bug Guard Plus IR3535® SPF 30 Gentle Breeze Moisturizing Lotion (2 hours)
Avon Bug Guard Ingredients:
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: ETHYL BUTYLACETYLAMINOPROPIONATE/BUTYLACETYLAMINOPROPIONIC ACID 7.5%
OTHERINGREDIENTS: 92.5% ——- 100.0% BACK PACKAGE COPY:
ACTIVE SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS: OCTYL METHOXYCINNAMATE OXYBENZONE OCTYL SALICYLATE OTHER INGREDIENTS: WATER BUTYLENE GLYCOL GLYCERIN PVP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER ALOE BARBADENSIS GEL ISOSTEARIC ACID PROPYLENE GLYCOL MYRISTYL ETHER ACETATE STEARIC ACID BENZYL ALCOHOL CETYL ALCOHOL DEA-OLETH-3 PHOSPHATE DIGLYCOL-CYCLOHEXANEDIMETHANOLISOPHTHALATES-SULFOISOPHTHALATES COPOLYMER DIMETHICONE GLYCERYL STEARATE MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE TOCOPHERYL ACETATE BARIUM SULFATE FRAGRANCE IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA XANTHAN GUM DISODIUM EDTA FD&C BLUE NO.1 D&C RED NO.33
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 on Bug Guard product pages at the Avon website. 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