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Why Natural Insect Repellent is Better than Chemical Repellent


Harmful Chemicals vs a Simpler, Green Solution

Whether for your home, office, restaurant, or campground, bugs are a way of life. But that doesn’t mean you have to share your space with them. These pests are more than just a nuisance; they can carry diseases and some bites can cause serious allergic reactions. In short, nobody likes dealing with bugs. The question is, what’s the best way to keep them away? Most people reach for chemical solutions, given that they’re easily available and generally get rid of pests. But they do come with a long list of drawbacks that are not only are they bad for the environment, but are also harmful to your health. For example, studies have linked chemicals like DEET to neurological damage and other serious health problems.

Natural bug repellent, on the other hand, is a much safer and more effective solution, and given the state of the environment and the urgent need to protect certain species of insects, here are just a few reasons why natural bug repellent is the better, and smarter option.

Why Natural Insect Repellent is a Better Solution

It’s safe for the environment

From polluting waterways and soil contamination to indiscriminately killing insects and small animals that it comes in contact with, the list of reasons for not using chemical repellents is expansive. On the other hand, natural bug repellent is made with ingredients that are biodegradable, which means they will break down and pose no threat to the environment.

It’s safe for your health

As mentioned before, chemicals like DEET have been linked to a long list of serious health problems, including neurological damage and seizures. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has classified DEET as a possible human carcinogen. Natural bug repellent, on the other hand, is made with ingredients like essential oils that have a long history of safe use. When used as directed, natural bug repellent is completely safe for humans and animals alike.

It’s more effective

Despite what the chemical companies would have you believe, natural bug repellent is actually more effective than its chemical counterpart. This is because chemicals work by masking specific ordors and signals that insects look for, while natural repellents work by making surfaces less attractive to bugs in the first place.

It’s Multi-Purpose

While not all natural bug repellents are dual-purpose, Bee Scential, created by Applied Chemistries is a locally-made custom chemical formulation that combines the benefits of an all-purpose cleaner with a powerful, natural insect repellent. When sprayed on trach receptacles, dumpsters, lawn furniture, outdoor grills, bars, and other equipment, it not only dissolves any dirt, but also repels insects like bees, wasps, yellow jackets, flies, spiders, and more.

What to Look for in an Insect Repellent

When you’re looking for a natural bug repellent, it’s important to make sure that it’s:

  • Made with ingredients that are safe for humans and animals
  • Effective against a wide range of insects
  • Easy to use
  • Non-toxic
  • Biodegradable

At Applied Chemistries, we’re proud to offer a natural bug repellent that ticks all of these boxes and more. Our Bee Scential formulation is safe for humans and animals, works against a wide range of insects, and is completely biodegradable. It’s also non-flammable, which makes it safe to use around grills and other heat sources. When it comes to bug repellent, natural is always better. It’s safe for you, safe for the environment, and more effective than chemical solutions. So ditch the DEET and switch to natural bug repellent today. Your health, and the health of the planet, will thank you.

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