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The New Graphic will do for Insect Repellents What SPF Labeling did for Sunscreens

2014 July 17
Jim Jones

July 17, 2014
1:55 pm EDT

Remember the days before SPF when you weren’t so sure how long your sun screen would protect you from the sun’s harmful rays? Maybe I’m dating myself. I burn easily and had no idea how to protect myself, what to apply, and when to reapply suntan lotion.

Many of us continue to experience the same problems when trying to decide which mosquito repellent to use and when to reapply it. And what about ticks?

Nowadays we know that both mosquitoes and ticks carry some serious diseases. Mosquitoes can give you West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis, and ticks can transmit serious diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Like sunscreens, mosquito and tick repellents can provide important protection against potentially lifelong health problems.

Today we are unveiling a new graphic that will allow you to make informed choices about how and when to apply mosquito and tick repellents. The SPF of bug repellents, if you will. The graphic, which will be available to appear on the labels of insect repellent products, will show which insect(s) the product will repel (mosquitoes and/or ticks) and the estimated number of hours the product will work effectively.

We are now accepting applications from manufacturers that wish to add the graphic to their repellent product label. All EPA-registered repellents are tested for safety and to make sure they work. Companies that want to use the new graphic on their registered products will just have to submit an application so EPA scientists can confirm that the products work for the length of time indicated.

The public can expect to see the graphic on repellent products early next year. The new graphic, with prominent, consumer-friendly design, will allow us all to choose better protection from serious mosquito and tick-borne diseases. It will:

  • appear only on insect repellent products that are applied directly to the skin,
  • provide important information on choosing insect repellent products that are right for you and your needs, and
  • display the number of hours a product will repel mosquitoes and/or ticks (when used as directed).

We worked to get public input on the proposed graphic through focus groups, an online survey, public comments and collaboration with repellent manufacturers, among others. Thanks for all your input!

Editor's Note: The views expressed here are intended to explain EPA policy. They do not change anyone's rights or obligations.

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  1. Charles Fowler permalink
    August 3, 2014

    Subdued lighting is more powerful than heat treatments.
    FREE Do It Yourself (DIY) Bed Bugs Treatment, Primary, Secondary (long term) I don’t ID. You’ll know. This information will prevent your first infestation, or provide instant relief. Bed Bugs can’t walk on smooth plastic. Encase your mattress. Place a clear plastic sheet between the mattress and box-spring. Plastic is on rolls at Osh hardware. The plastic overhang should be about 4 inches all around the box spring. The Bed Bugs cannot get to you and will starve. Your bed must be a proper bed. No covers touching the walls, etc. Don’t forget to place a plastic sheet on your favorite chair. Futhermore, this treatment works well with Subdued light. If, you can kill the eggs at your bed, that is the key. If you determined heat treatment is too dangerous or expensive, now what? You have a ranch: you’re raising Bed Bugs and using your bed as a corral. First, Encase your bed to kill the eggs so you won’t be overwhelmed. Second, Make sure there are no problems with your bed. Nothing about your bed can be allowed the touch the wall or floor, except the caster wheels. Third, the new corral for the Bed Bugs is a dim light going 24/7 where the Bed Bugs can be drawn to and removed with masking tape. As new Bed Bugs arrive, at your home, they will move toward the light.You’ve heard the stories of Bed Bugs being found in bathrooms,the light used and the nite-light will draw them in at night and keep them there. Bed Bugs are drawn to you like Bees, by your Co2. A fan moving air near your bed will mix your Co2 evenly in your bedroom, making it hard for Bed Bugs to find you. Those in the Bed Bug business won’t be needed anymore. Please beware of biased replies from them. This method seems to be the “Silver-Magic Bullet” for Bed Bugs. This lure will provide detection, control for the home and car. The poorest people will be able to handle their infestations. This DIY project can be done for a very small cost of parts. This is a very “Green” method, no chemicals. For all living places and whole-house treatment, the hallways will become giant traps. The lights are there; a $5.00 dimmer switch is needed. Lightly place DE on hall traffic areas where people put their foot down. Careful: My new kitten made a mistake, near the light. I moved the litter box there. Later, I found a live Bed Bug in it. When the Bed Bugs stop arriving at the light, they’re gone, for now. If you have total control, you’ll have complete relief. The Dim lights double for night lights and Bed Bug control. Bed Bugs are not exclusively Nocturnal. When light is used as a lure, this will lead to the downfall of Bed Bugs. Bed Bugs like darkness and subdued light. When you provide light, they will go there. Search Google… Bed Bugs+ Subdued light., Bed Bug forum, is overran with Pest-Control Operators who control the site to promote their Bed Bug Businesses. The web site is run by a host who has no knowledge of Bed Bugs and has sold her soul to them for information from them and to give herself credibility. Anybody who has any information to offer, that might interfere with Pest-Control Operators ability to promote themselves will be suppressed to keep the information from being made available to the public. All treatments for Bed Bugs must be done by a professional and victims who suffer can do nothing to help themselves, is a lie. The public is being terrorized with false information. Persons making money from Bed Bugs, don’t want, DIY Subdued lighting treatment, to be true. What is it? Has there been a cover-up? How could so many people in the Pest-control business not know that Bed Bugs are attracted to light? Don’t they look? Don’t they want to know? How could they let so many people suffer? It’s a scandal. How could researchers not know? Is this how the World is? It’s disgusting. Insects having negative phototaxis show an identical reaction, when they are subjected to a rapid increase of light. The bedbug is, as we know, energetically photophobic; it hides in the darkest cracks and leaves only during the night. In the daytime, says Bohn, if an accident has brought it from the shade into the light, it immediately executes a rotation of 180 degrees, which brings it into the shadow. On a sheet of paper, it walks away from the luminous rays and turns about when one holds a candle toward it. “It is very difficult,” adds Bohn, “to make a bedbug which is on a black paper pass over upon a piece of white paper. Anytime a Bed Bug is startled with a handheld candle or light of course it’s going to run and hide. A Bed Bug chooses a white paper over other colors when not disturbed. Negative phototaxis testing is flawed. Bed Bugs have Positive Phototaxis. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, “Bed bugs,” a 1937 Leaflet No. 146, Great 8 pages, stating, “Bedbugs are normally nocturnal. When the lights are out they emerge from their daytime hiding places and seek to feed upon their host. Sometimes, when very hungry, they will feed during the daytime in subdued light. Their normally nocturnal habit is modified necessarily when they infest furniture in rest rooms in stores, theater seats, desks in offices, and similar situations that are not frequented by man throughout the night. In such places, bedbugs often bite persons during the day.” Bed Bug Statements: Bed bugs are nocturnal, but may feed during the day in areas with reduced lighting such as theaters when no hosts are present at night. Currently. Cornell University says, “Bed bugs can be enticed to bite during the day if light is subdued, and they are hungry.” Bed Bugs are a DIY situation. If you have them, you’re doing something wrong, you own them. Your and anyone’s else’s Bed Bugs are their fault. •Location: worldwide Our Subdued lighting has now been turned off. 09-10-2013

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