Why is DEET-Free no longer a call-out on your Anti-Bug product packaging?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviews bug spray labels yearly and publishes updated recommended guidelines for states to follow. Since the EPA allows for the sale of DEET products, it has issued new guidelines suggesting the term “DEET-Free” no longer be used on bug-repellent packaging as it implies that “DEET” is unsafe to use. The new guidelines impact all brands (not just Badger) that use “DEET-Free” as a claim on their bug-repellent packaging.
Rest assured that our bug repellents remain “DEET-Free” without changing our ingredients or affecting the high-quality performance you expect. Look for “Plant-Powered” to replace “DEET-Free” as a call-out on all Badger bug-repellent packaging to ensure ongoing trust and confidence.
Your Anti-Bug Spray bottles now have a green pigment. Does this change the recyclability?
No. The green on our rebranded Anti-Bug Sprays is a pigmented lacquer cured to the bottle during manufacturing and then covered by a clear lacquer. The coating and clear lacquer have no impact on the aluminum bottles’ recyclability.
Your Anti-Bug line has new label art that includes a reflective foil detail. Does this affect its recyclability?
Our new labels are made using the same materials as before, which cannot be recycled and are removed during aluminum recycling.
Can I use your Anti-Bug products on my children? How about my baby?
Badger Anti-Bug Balm and Anti-Bug Spray are formulated using USDA Certified Organic and 100% natural ingredients, including essential oils with insect-repellant qualities. Essential oils in high concentrations could irritate the skin; however, the percentages we use in our products should not irritate unless your child has an allergy or specific sensitivity. Users have told us that our Anti-Bug repellents have proven safe and effective for their children. However, we recommend you consult a doctor before using this product on an infant or toddler. As with any product new to you or your family, it’s best to do a skin patch test before full usage, and if you have any questions, check with your doctor.
Do your Anti-Bug products help repel ticks?
We have anecdotal evidence that our repellents are helpful. However, due to the risks associated with Lyme disease, we do not recommend relying on our Anti-Bug products to keep you, your family, or your pets tick-free.
Why did Badger remove the USDA Organic logo from the bug-repellent packaging?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates all bug repellents. So, even though our Anti-Bug Balms and Sprays are all certified organic, we cannot reference the USDA on our labels. They only allow these products to reference a single federal agency on their labels as they are concerned that consumers will not know who to go to if they have a problem with the product.
Do Badger Anti-Bug Products protect against Zika? Were your products tested on the type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus?
Badger manufactures our Anti-Bug Balm and Anti-Bug Spray using all-natural DEET-free ingredients. These products are formulated, and lab tested to repel mosquitoes. They are not intended to control or mitigate specific species of insects that may transmit diseases to humans, such as those that carry the Zika virus.
What kind of testing has been performed on your Anti-Bug products?
A laboratory trial was conducted to assess the efficacy of Badger’s Anti-Bug Balm formula as a mosquito and stable fly repellent. The test results concluded, “Badger Anti-Bug Balm was highly effective in controlling mosquitoes and stable flies for up to one and a half hours post-treatment, in terms of 95% repellency. Efficacy remained high up to three and a half hours against mosquitoes and three hours against stable flies.”
Badger’s Anti-Bug Spray was laboratory-tested to determine its efficacy as a mosquito repellent. Test results concluded, “The Anti-Bug Spray provided a narrow range of 3 to 4 hours of protection, with an average of 3.4 hours.
Why do I sometimes see a Prop 65 Warning when I purchase your Anti-Bug products online in CA?
Never fear. This warning does not apply to Badger products. Badger products have never contained any ingredient on the Prop 65 list. We have strict natural ingredient sourcing standards, and each ingredient is listed on our website and all product packaging. So why would you see this warning if it does not apply to Badger products? Online retailers will often air on the side of caution and place this warning on products shipping to CA to ensure they are not out of compliance with the law. We always appreciate notifications of these warnings so that we can report them and have them removed.