The Bottom Line
- No Deet or harsh chemicals.
- No need to spray. One patch works up to36 hours.
- Extremely waterproof.
- Protects against all kinds of biting bugs.
- Provides total body protection.
- Must be applied 2 hours before exposure.
- Puckers on your skin.
- Must be ripped off, like a band-aid.
- Can be pricy.
- Clear patch containing vitamin B1 and Aloe
- Offers up to 36 hours of continuous, total body protection.
- Label list protection from: mosquitoes, gnats, no seeums, tick, chiggers and sand fleas.
- A safe alternative for children and other people sensitive to chemical sprays.
- Additional patches are needed for people weighing over 200 lbs. Or in heavily infested areas.
- Effectiveness is also tempered by drinking and smoking.
- Suggested Pricing: 5 for $4.99, 10 for $7.99, 20 for $15.99
Guide Review - Insect Repellent Patch
I am bug candy, so I will gladly try any new product for bug control. I’ve taken large does of vitamin B6, sprayed head to toe with Avon’s Skin So Soft, strapped a mini fan around my neck and sprayed foggers periodically in my garden while I’m working. Sadly, the only suggestion that has really worked for me is keeping a lit cigarette nearby. Apparently biting bugs are better educated in the detrimental effects of second had smoke than I.
So I was eager to try Don’t Bug Me. I was all set to test it one humid, buggy afternoon when I opened the package and read that it needed to be applied 2 hours prior to exposure. This is not protection for impulsive gardeners. I slapped a patch on early the next day and ventured out a few hours later. I was underwhelmed. Apparently it takes more than B1 and aloe to make me lose my allure to bugs.
I tried 4 more patches at different times and places, but I can’t say I was ever satisfied with the level of protection provided. I gave away a couple of patches, but my friends have yet to remember to try them, so I can’t report those findings.
However, I have known folks who had good luck with herbal sprays and doses of Vitamin B6, so I’m not dismissing Don’t Bug Me entirely. Everyone’s chemistry is a little different and if you’re looking for a safe alternative to chemical products, Don’t Bug Me is certainly worth a try.