I was as surprised as anyone. I knew the formula worked, but this really confirmed to what degree it worked.
Brevard, NC (PRWEB) June 6, 2005
Pediatricians from North Carolina to New Jersey are recommending a new, all-natural mosquito repellent for their young patients. The natural bug repellent known as SkedattleÂ has recently proven to offer better protection from mosquitoes and other biting insects, without the use of DeetÂ or chemical additives. The patented formula was developed by Gary Felkel, owner of a mosquito-control company, in response to his desire to stop mosquitoes without spraying chemicals on playgrounds and family backyards.
"It occurred to me one day that I was fighting this battle on the wrong end of the equation," Felkel stated. "Instead of spraying huge areas of land and backyards with chemical substances, I wondered if there was a natural formula that could be applied to the skin. I saw it as a choice between combating nature with chemical sprays vs. protecting the body with natural ingredients. That way the environment, people and pets wouldn't be subjected to these chemical substances."
The CDC states the following on their Web site: (http://www.CDC.gov) "The AAP (The American Academy of Pediatrics) and other experts suggest using repellent with low concentrations of DEET on infants over two months old. Other guidelines suggest using repellents containing DEET after children are two years of age." This recommendation has left parents of young children looking for an effective alternative.
Armed with this idea and typical entrepreneurial determination, Felkel began researching natural ingredients, including numerous herbs and oils known for their bug repelling properties. After extensive testing, Felkel struck upon a unique combination of several all natural ingredients, that when combined, proved especially effective in repelling the mosquitoes in this Western North Carolina community. Though based on the use of natural oils, the formula proved non greasy and did not stain clothes. He then began to share samples with friends and neighbors.
The results, according to Felkel, were nothing short of amazing. "We had a camp nearby that was so infested with mosquitoes, they were considering closing early. They heard about this product and called us up. The director in charge later reported that the formula had worked so well, that camp would remain in session." Other reports included a young girl who would swell up when bitten by the bugs. Her mother applied the natural formula using the pump spray bottle, and the biting came to an immediate end. Another pediatrician is now insisting
on the use of Skedattle for young children
that have been born premature.
In perhaps the most startling development, in an independent lab test of Skedattle vs. a product containing 100% Deet, Skedattle proved more effective. According to the lab results, unprotected subjects received an average of 16 bites per hour. Subjects using products containing Deet received an average of 2.78 bites per hour, while the Skedattle test subjects received less than one bite per hour, (approximately 1/5 of one bite per hour). The test, conducted by BassFan Lab, (operated by BassFan LLC) involved three successive test periods over 72 hours. "They wanted to see for themselves how effective the product was" Felkel recounted. "I was as surprised as anyone. I knew the formula worked, but this really confirmed to what degree it worked."
Word of the product has spread fast, due in part to parental concerns about the use of chemical sprays on their children. "We also have a lot of interest from sportsmen as well, who tell us that chemical based sprays weaken or melt their fishing lines." Representatives have lined up to sell the product in Mexico, Canada, and Hawaii, as well as the continental United States. "What I feel best about," Felkel continued, "is knowing we are giving parents, families and outdoorsmen what they really want -- an all natural product that will help protect them from West Nile virus, encephalitis and other mosquito borne illnesses, without the use of chemical additives."
For more information about Skedattle, visit their website at