The great outdoors await your family this Summer, so don't let some pesky bugs ruin the experience. If you thought choosing a safe sunscreen was complicated, you haven't entered the world of bug repellents yet. Just hearing the word DEET sends some parents running inside for cover, but actually getting bitten by a bug may be worse for you than some of the chemicals found in bug sprays — the incidence of tick-transmitted Lyme disease has more than doubled in the last 15 years and mosquito-borne West Nile Virus infected 5,000 people last year alone.
So how can we safely protect our kids from these bugs? While botanical and all-natural solutions sound healthy, an 18-month Environmental Working Group study found that certain chemicals are are not only more effective than botanical versions, they're safer too. According to the EWG, parents should look for the following repellants listed in bug spray ingredients to ensure a high level of protection from a variety of biting insects and ticks:
- Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or its synthetic derivative PMD, but only for kids over 3-years-old
These chemicals, when used according to their directions, will protect tots from bites and bug-borne diseases. And they're easier to find than you would think. Click through to see five options that will keep kids safe and bite-free this Summer.