With spring in full swing and summer around the corner there are a few seasonal products that will begin flying off the shelf, and one in particular is bug spray. None of us are immune to the annoying buzzing biting and all around nuisance of these flying pests, although my wife will tell you that she is their prime target... So it's no wonder we flock to the store and search for the best bug repellent we can find, but when doing so there is one important thing to ask yourself; who is your main target in this chemical warfare you are about to embark on?
Sound like an odd question, then let me explain. If the purpose of the bug spray you are using is to repel insects AND poison yourself in the process, then your usual bug spray is just fine... however if the insect is your primary and ONLY target then you should seriously reconsider the products that you are using. This is because, and I'm sure you can see where I'm going with this; there are tons of harmful chemicals in these products that are toxic to humans. You may be wondering then how these companies are allowed to, or more importantly how the FDA allows, these products to be sold to the public. Short of saying the companies are in it for the money and have deep pockets to influence those assigned to police such things, my only other answer would be no one else other than you or your family has your best interest in mind so the decision is up to you.
So what are your options? My wife and I recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica, and while we were there we took a tour in the rain forest; prime real estate for anything that crawls flies hops buzzes and yes bites, and if you think we used some mainstream toxic bug repellent as most everyone else on the tour did think again. There are many all natural organic chemical free bug repellent alternatives available and the one we chose was an organic bug balm from a company by the name of Badger. All of the ingredients are certified organic and I can tell you first hand this product works great... It's rain forest approved!
Do yourself and your family a favor and choose organic products whenever possible.