RV product: BugBand debuts pocket-sized spray lotion

Naturally derived insect repellent is an effective alternative to DEET

Here’s a new, ultra-portable way for families, outdoor enthusiasts and travelers to protect themselves from buzzing, biting insects without slathering DEET on their skin, clothing and equipment. Naturally derived BugBand insect repellent is now available in a handy 3-ounce pocket-sized spray lotion (MSRP: $4.95), perfect for travelers, outdoorspeople and families, and convenient to carry anywhere, including on airplanes. The BugBand 3-ounce container meets airline carry-on size standards.

Since 2003, millions of people have relied on BugBand insect repellent to provide proven protection from biting insects while avoiding synthetic, man-made pesticides. The naturally derived insect repellent is safe for children, adults, pets and equipment and has been proven to be an effective alternative to traditional pesticides such as DEET. BugBand products are available at retailers across the country and www.bugband.net.

According to laboratory and field studies by the University of Florida, Geraniol, the plant-based active ingredient in BugBand, has been proven effective in repelling a wide variety of insects, including mosquitoes, flies, gnats, no-see-ums and fleas. BugBand’s sprays and towelettes are effective against ticks, as well. Geraniol is a naturally occurring repellent that can be extracted from geranium oil through a unique refining process. Cartersville, GA-based EES, Inc. (Effective Environmental Solutions), licensed the technology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, which developed and tested Geraniol over a 17-year period.

Perfect for when you need more heavy-duty protection, BugBand spray lotion does not contain any propellants, instead relying on a highly effective metered pump sprayer to dispense a fine mist over the area to be treated. By spraying the BugBand liquid directly on clothing or skin, the Geraniol vapors form a protective barrier to deter blood-sucking insects from biting. It is ideal for uses around the ankles, wrist or neck, where insects tend to invade clothing. Use once for hours of insect protection. BugBand spray lotion is also available in 6-ounce container – in a green bottle designed for outdoorspeople – with a suggested retail price of $6.95.

BugBand also offers Geraniol insect repellent in several forms, including wristbands (for everyday use against mosquitoes, flies, gnats, no-see-ums and fleas); a new battery-powered indoor/outdoor diffuser; and towelettes (for heavier-duty applications and to repel all of the insects the diffuser and wristbands protect against, plus ticks); as well as a variety of commercial applications. BugBand products are available online and at department, grocery and drug stores across the country. For more information, visit www.bugband.net.