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1. Why is Mozzipel a unique insect repellent?

You may think that a naturally and sustainably sourced active in an insect repellent like Mozzipel might not work? You may be concerned that naturally derived products may not be tested as thoroughly as more established, synthetic repellents? The active in Mozzipel has been thoroughoughly tested by entomologists and regulators around the world to ensure that it is as effective as claimed. Scientists agree that the active in Mozzipel is truly effective without raising any concerns about neurotoxicity and high dermal adsorption that is often seen in synthetic products such as DEET.

2. What is DEET?

DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) is an old fashioned insect repellent active which DEET was developed in 1944 by Samuel Gertler  of the USA Department of Agriculture for use by the US Army following its experience of jungle warefare during World War II. It was originally tested as a pesticide on farm fields, and entered military use in 1946 and civilian use in 1957. It is derived from coal tar and is the most well known insect repellent active. It is a synthetic chemical and powerful solvent.

A 2011 structural study (PDB: 3N7H) revealed that DEET binds to Anopheles gambiae  odorant binding protein (AgamOBP1) with high shape complementarity, suggesting that AgamOBP1 is a molecular target of DEET and perhaps other repellents.

A 2013 study suggests that mosquitoes can at least temporarily overcome or adapt to the repellent effect of DEET after an initial exposure, representing a non-genetic behavioral change.  This observation, if verified, has significant implications for how repellent effectiveness should be assessed.

Therefore, an effective and natural repellent like Mozzipel should be considered.

 

3. DEET vs DEET Free?

The main difference is the active ingredient. The active ingredient in Mozzipel is known as a FA Blend, derived from plants. Unlike DEET which is a synthetic chemical active. Other differences relate to the problems associated with DEET.

In recent years, concerns have surfaced about the use of DEET in insect repellents. There have been reported cases of serious neurotoxic effects in small children as well as documented mosquito resistance and accumulation of DEET in some US public waterways. Many consumers also object to DEET's strong, chemical smell and the fact that it melts plastic on contact. This has prompted consumers to seel DEET free alternatives like Mozzipel.

Mozzipel products are all entirely DEET free. They dont melt plastics, the active is biodegradable and there is no known accumulation in any public waterways. In afddition, tests prove that Mozzizpel is appropriate for use on children of all ages and this is unlike any other natural or synthetic insect repellent around.

 

4. What are the problems associated with DEET and how do they compare to the unique, natural active in Mozzipel?

There are five main areas of concern about the use of products containing DEET. These concerns do not apply to the active used in Mozzipel.

a. A powerful solvent,

As a powerful solvent, DEET can damage plastics, paints and synthetic fabrics, causing permanent damage and will also cause colours to run. DEET should be kept away from climbing ropes, watches, compasses, cameras, fishing tackle and generally, all sports equipment

b. Rapidly absorbed.

DEET is rapidly absorbed through the skin. This can lead to problems especially in young children and even those adults with sensitive skin. As a result, there are restrictions on children under the age of 12 using DEET and guidelines suggest that you should only use DEET products 1-2 times a day. In contrast, Mozzipel products may be applied as often as you wish.

c. Resistence is developing.

There are now reports of mosquito resistence to DEET. They have been seen to show any tolerence to the active used in Mozzipel products.

d. Environmental concerns.

DEET is a synthetic chemical and powerful solvent that has been detected in relatively large quantities in major waterways. The active used in Mozzipel is deemed to be safe for plants, animals and fish. Also, the Mozzipel active does not introduce any new substances to the ecosystem.

e. The DEET experience.

Many people find the oily feel and strong smell of DEET unpleasant and skin reactions are common.

 

5. Is Mozzipel as effective as DEET based insect repellents?

YES. The active ingredient in Mozzipel is definitely  natures most effective insect repellent. Our efficacy data shows that the active works just as well as DEET and in some instances, even better. DEET will give 6-8 hours complete protection where Mozzipel will give 6 to 10 hours complete protection, depending on the application and use. Therefore, Mozzipel is a whole lot better for you, your children, your pets and the environment! 

 

6. How can I be sure Mozzipel will work?

There have been many studies performed by leading universities and regulatory bodies on the active used in Mozzipel. Each of these studies reflect a level of efficacy that far exceeds that of any other plant based repellent and is in fact, on par with synthetic repellents like DEET, just a whole lot safer.

 

 

7. Is Mozzipel safe for plants, animals and our planet?

 

Unlike synthetic substances which may upset the balance of our ecosystem by adding chemicals that mother nature never had in her plan, the active substance in Mozzipel is plant based. Therefore, the use of Mozzipel will not upset the earth's natural balance.