1. how effective is bye-You® bug?
Based on our current formulation and lab data, our product is approximately 70% as effective as compared to a concentration of 10% DEET.
2. How long does bye-You bug® last?
Our current testing program is currently determining the extents of the duration of our product. However, anecdotal evidence from our customers shows that the average duration is approximately 2 hours. Since our product is not sweat and/or water proof, it must be reapplied as often as necessary.
3. How do I maximize the effects of bye-you bug®?
Our product should be treated like a sunscreen in that it should be rubbed into all areas of exposed skin, including the neck and face, and reapplied as necessary.
4. is bye-you bug® safe to use if i am pregnant?
The goal of our company is to provide products that are effective but also very safe. Bye-You Bug contains ingredients that are found naturally in food and are considered safe for use by people of all ages, including pregnant women. The ingredients are of the same quality that are used by food manufacturers. Since you are spraying the product on your skin, you are minimizing any exposure to both you and your baby.
5. is bye-you bug® tested on animals?
No, we are currently using what is called the K&D In Vitro Bioassay System for mosquitos and a Paper Assay for ticks. The K&D system was developed in part by Dr. Debboun of Harris County Mosquito Control. It utilizes a series of synthetic membranes to replicate mammalian skin. For more information about the K&D testing apparatus, please refer to our Education / Resources page for Repellent Facts. The Paper Assay for ticks utilizes a sheet of paper that has been treated with our products. If the ticks are repelled, then they simply fall from the paper.
6. why do natural bug sprays use soybean, castor, and/or cotton seed oil as a carrier oiL?
Carrier oils are used in natural bug sprays because they are products recognized by the EPA as minimum risk ingredients, ones expected to be safe for use but also shown to have some effectiveness to repel biting bugs such as mosquitos. For more information about what the EPA 25(b) regulations are, please visit our Education / Resources page for Repellent Facts.