For more than 60 years, Deet-based repellents were considered as the most effective and long-lasting repellents that can be found in the market. However, increasing regulations and public concern over synthetic repellents has resulted to the growth of Deet free repellent in Australia that is plant based with long lasting effects.
In a recent research that was published in Scientific Reports, scientists from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service identified distinct coconut oil fatty acids that has strong repellence and long lasting effects against different insects like mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies and bed bugs. These insects transit diseases to both humans and animals.
The research revealed that coconut oil has compounds that are effective against biting flies and bed bugs for at least weeks. In the laboratory tests, it was also found that repellence against ticks lasts for one week. When higher concentrations of coconut oil compounds are applied topically, there is high repellence against mosquitoes.
Coconut oil by itself is not a repellent but the free fatty acid mixture that is derived from coconuts has strong repellence against blood-sucking insects. The fatty acid mixture contains lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid including their corresponding methyl esters. When the fatty acids are encapsulated into the starch-based formula they could provide protection to cattle against stable flies from 96 hours to 4 days.
If you will compare Deet-based repellents and coconut oil compound-based repellents, Deet has only 50% effectiveness against stable flies while the coconut oil compound is 95% more effective. After 3 days, Deet loses its effectiveness against bed bugs and ticks unlike the coconut oil compound that lasts for about 2 weeks.
90% long lasting protection is provided by coconut oil compounds against the Aegis aegyptimosquito that transmits the Zika virus. ARS that has applied a patent for the new technology and now is working with commercial companies for the development of the repellent.
Instead of using harmful insecticide or greasy anti-insect lotions, a better option is Deet free repellent in Australia that is made from 100% natural ingredients. The natural insect repellent has no harmful effects to children, adults and pets. You can have fun outdoors without worrying about insect bites.