I'm a slightly saddened about this product. Don't get me wrong, it works great. But I got a BugBand for use in my fishing boat. But somehow it was removed from my possession by my wife who loves it for her personal use while gardening.
I got a BugBand so that I would not be "bugged" by the skeeters when fishing in the evenings. It comes in a handy little plastic compartment that can be easily stowed in the boat. Well, before it made it to the boat, my bride wanted to try it out while gardening. I went out with her. She put on the band while I used a BugBand's towelette. We were out in the garden at about 7 PM. The mosquitoes were out there for sure. I was looking around in the vegetable garden while my wife was by her flowers. Neither of us got bit once. We would see a mosquito for a fleeting moment then it would be gone.
I tried to get the BugBand back to put in my boat. No way. My wife will not give it up. I have some towelettes left and they'll do me just fine for a couple trips, but I know, I have to get more. They work. See their full line of products at www.BugBand.net.
Here is some information from BugBand that will help explain why they work so well.
Comparing Naturally Derived Geraniol to DEET
What is Geraniol?
Geraniol, the active ingredient in BugBand insect repelling products, is a natural essential oil derived from geraniums. When Geraniol is exclusively formulated with other minimum risk or food-grade ingredients, the resulting insect repellent products are not regulated pesticides when they meet federally established criteria.
Geraniol is a biodegradable ingredient that is safe to use and safe for the environment. There is no known toxicity to animals or wildlife.
How does Geraniol Repel Insects?
Geraniol has a relatively high vapor pressure and gives off a dilute vapor into the air stream which acts as an area repellent. This helps repel insects before they land. The natural tendency of Geraniol to evaporate makes it work as the active ingredient in wristbands, plastic beads, and other BugBand repellent products. It also helps to improve the efficacy of liquid spray Geraniol BugBand repellents.
DEET is a Chemical Pesticide.
DEET is a synthetic, manufactured chemical that is also known to repel insects. When formulated with any ingredient, even tap water, it is required to be registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide. The National Pesticide Telecommunications Network reports that DEET does not readily degrade in the environment and has a moderate potential to move through soil and into groundwater. It is slightly toxic to fish, birds and aquatic invertebrates.
Plastic, Rubber and Paint.
DEET is a very good solvent and will melt or cause damage to plastic, rubber and paint. Things like acrylic sunglasses, fishing line, watch crystals, finishes on firearms, paint on trucks, or similar materials can be damaged or destroyed if subjected to DEET-based products.
Some DEET-based products have been found to be flammable, and many manufacturers of flame-retardant garments have issued warnings to their users not to use DEET-based repellents while wearing these flame retardant suits.
BugBand is Versatile and Easy to Use.
The BugBand products are safe to use on people or with equipment and do not have the flammability issue. In fact, products like the wristband don't even need to be worn with direct skin contact. Many users put them on belt loops, baby strollers, shoelaces or hat bands and find them to be highly effective when used in this manner.