Why we created a bug and tick spray:
JUSU Bug and Tick spray is a natural, safer alternative to DEET- based insect repellent products.
The most common ingredient used in insect repellants is known as DEET, (N-diethyl-m-toluamide or methylbenzaminde), a registered pesticide. Toluene is a solvent used in rubber and plastic cements and paint removers. DEET is absorbed through the skin and passes into the blood up to 56%. It is also absorbed by the gut and has been clinically proven to be a neurotoxin. DEET and synthetic chemical-based insect repellants are bio-toxins and environmental toxins, which makes them extremely undesirable to us.
Why not DEET?
WE ARE PROUDLY DEET-FREE. We formulated our insect repellent with natural, whole molecule ingredients that have proven efficacy in repelling both ticks, no-see-ums and mosquitos.
How does it work?
Parasitic insects have receptors that pick up signals given off by your body – your body heat, the carbon dioxide you exhale and the cocktail of chemicals excreted by your skin – like lactic acid. ( If you noticed that when you are hiking or exercising or sweating, the bugs are all over you – that is why! You secrete more lactic acid when you are using your large muscles.)
All repellants work by jamming the odour-receptors of insects. The bugs and ticks get confused and can’t hone in on their target. Did you know that certain essential oils perform, and even out-perform DEET in jamming the odor-receptors and preventing insect bites?
Essential oils are the aromatic essences of plants; and in addition to their inviting fragrances and ability to repel insects, these oils protect the plant from viruses, bacteria, fungus and moulds.
JUSU Body Bug and Tick Spray contains up to 7% of a total blend of powerful essential oils that are effective and safely used on the skin. This high content allows a concentrated, effective, safe, preservative-free product.
Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Clove, Black Pepper, Lavender, Geranium and Thyme are proven mosquito and no-see-um deterrents.
Amyris, Tansy and Yarrow have proven tick-repelling properties.
Organic Castor oil and Neem are traditional Indian insect repellants.
Organic Soybean oil is an effective tick and insect repellant.
Above and Beyond:
- Natural bug sprays on the market do not claim to be tick repellants. We have done our research to verify the tick-repelling properties of certain essential oils and we include them in therapeutic amounts.
- Rather than relying solely on Citronella, we have created a synergy of essential oils and ingredients for maximum effectiveness.
- We add insect repelling carrier oils like organic soybean and castor oils to help the spray cling to the skin, slow evaporation and prolong its effect.
- We grow our own catnip in the Jusu garden, and brew it into a strong tea that is used in our synergistic formulation.
Use this product as an integral part of your bug repellant plan which includes:
Tuck shirts into waistbands and button shirts
Minimize brushing up against foliage in long grass, forests or wild areas:
Always check for tick bites after you get home, and if you see anything resembling a bite, seek medical attention.
- Wearing fitted, long pants and shirts, socks
How to use Jusu Bug and Tick Spray:
Hold bottle a few inches away from skin, spraying lightly while moving the bottle to cover the area desired.
Spray clothing lightly. Apply to bare skin, especially the ankles and make sure to rub onto the back of your neck.
Use your hand to spread it more evenly, if desired.
Do not spray directly onto face. Spray into your hand first and apply carefully, avoiding eyes and mouth.
Reapply every hour while out in insect habitat and forested trails.
Is the JUSU Bug & Tick Spray safe for children?
Yes, however, because of the high essential oil content, do not use any insect repellants on infants. Cover strollers or babies vulnerable skin with mosquito netting instead. You can very lightly spray the netting prior to putting it in place. Babies do not produce much aroma attraction for insects, so they do not need the same coverage as adults.
It is safe to use on children 3 and over. Use sparingly and apply to clothing in a light spray away from their face. If applied to young skin, spray it into your hand first and apply sparingly.
Curious? If you want to dig a bit deeper on the ingredients and essential oils chosen for Jusu Bug and Tick Spray, the following clinical studies and periodical reviews are here for your reading pleasure!
Carroll JF1, Paluch G, Coats J, Kramer M. Elemol and amyris oil repel the ticks Ixodes scapularis and Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) in laboratory bioassays; 2010 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20016930
Trongtokit Y1, Rongsriyam Y, Komalamisra N, Apiwathnasorn C.Comparative repellency of 38 essential oils against mosquito bites; 2015 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16041723
Marta Ferreira Maia1,2 and Sarah J Moore1,2 Plant-based insect repellents: a review of their efficacy, development and testing https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3059459/
Chris Peterson, Ph.D., with Joel Coats, Ph.D.Catnip Repels Mosquitoes More Effectively Than DEET 2011 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010828075659.htm
Healthier Talk, Can Yarrow tincture repel Zika mosquitoes? 2016 https://healthiertalk.com/can-yarrow-tincture-repel-zika-mosquitoes/
Palsson, Jaenson, Baeckstrom, Borg-Karlson - Journal of Medical Entomology, Tick Repellant Substances in the essential oil of Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy) 2008 http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1603/0022-2585%282008%2945%5B88%3ATRSITE%5D2.0.CO%3B2
Wikihow, How to use Castor oil as an insect repellant, https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Castor-Oil-As-an-Insect-Repellent, 2017
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