Insect Repellent Arsenal The use of insect repellents against possibly deadly insect bites is a double edged sword these days. Do you use the chemicals that have been reported to cause serious side effects or do you take the chance of getting bitten and possibly contracting a fatal disease? Well, thankfully there are finally some much safer insect repellent products out their made with milder, plant-like chemicals that have actually proved to work better than the traditional DEET. Consumer Reports performed a study on a range of different insect repellents and found that the ones containing 20 percent picaridin and 30 percent oil of lemon eucalyptus kept insects away for at least 7 hours. These two repellents offer a safer and more effective alternative to DEET products. Both of them have much less serious side effects than DEET, and are made from plants, making them a more environmentally friendly alternative to DEET. The emergence of these products on the market is a life-saver…literally, as our problems with disease-carrying insects have only grown worse over the years. Mosquito bites are one of the main culprits, as West Nile was reportedly found in 47 states last year. Ticks are another bug these repellents deter. They can transmit Lyme disease, which affects around 300,000 people each year, and that number is growing. What kind of insect repellent do you use? Have you tried these safer alternatives to DEET?