Tomato-Based Mosquito Spray will Repell DEET

A new non-toxic insect repellant made with a chemical isolated from wild tomatoes is finally coming to market. In a press release expected this week, it will be announced that BioUD has been approved by the EPA. But I just couldn't wait that long to talk about it.

Better than DEET!

The fruity (or is it vegetably?) mosquito repellant has been shown to work better and last longer than DEET, without the potentially unhealthy side-effects; although proponents will of course tell you that there's nothing unsafe about DEET. Washing your skin with soap and water after returning indoors, putting treated clothes in the laundry before wearing them again and making sure you don't apply too much -- it must be safe. What's too much you ask? Some experts say that once it has been applied to your skin, you shouldn't use it again the same day. And definitely not more than a few days in a row.

BioUD, almost good enough to eat

The promising water-based repellant by Homs, the maker of natural mosquito repellant Bite Blocker, has been shown to work even better than DEET for ticks. Testing found it offers 100 percent protection against mosquitoes for 3 hours and 99 percent for 4.5 hours in forest and marsh conditions. It also outperformed DEET after 6 hours and has no re-application risks. Furthering my love for BioUD…its waterproof, non-flammable and classified as a biological rather than chemical compound. The repelling ingredient is an FDA-approved food flavoring agent that's been in use for years.

Bring on the camping trips

I don't know about anyone else, but this news has me excited. Looks like my friends won't be laughing this summer; sitting comfortably while all the mosquitoes are distracted by the feast on my bare arms. I'm thinking about keeping it secret. Whose laughing now?

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