What is the Most Effective Bug Repellent?

Nothing beats the time spent in the great outdoors. From trekking to camping, even going to the beach and engaging in active sports can totally bring unforgettable experiences among friends and family members. However, the warm weather, unfortunately, brings with it a number of insects that are not just mildly irritating and itchy but may also carry illnesses like malaria, dengue, ZIKA, and other serious conditions.1

Luckily, there are a lot of preventive measures that are adapted right now to avoid insect bites, like applying bug repellent. Likewise, people also don’t need to forgo their dedication towards the protection of the environment because there’s a wide array of organic bug repellents that are now available in the market.

What is the Safest Bug Repellent?

For the longest time, bug repellent manufacturers have been utilizing DEET as one of the main ingredients for their insect repellent products. While it is the oldest and most powerful repellent made available in the market, the National Insecticide Information Center has been warning people about this chemical as this can have adverse effects on the body2 – such as skin and eyes irritation and other sicknesses when ingested.

Due to its toxicity, bug repellents with DEET ingredients are not recommended for pregnant women and children up to 6 months.3

What Repels Bugs Naturally?

As an entrepreneur, you have to be conscious of the ingredients that make up the products that you are selling. When choosing the private label company that can supply your bug repellent needs, always make sure that they have FDA-registered facilities and have been certified by Organic Certifiers, Cruelty-free International, USDA Organic, and NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) to make sure that the repellent products strictly follow the guidelines and formulation needed in the production of all-natural repellent spray.

We, at The Omnium Group, always make sure that the bug repellents that we produce are organic, vegan, paraben-free, DEET-free, and contain no fragrances, dyes, or perfumes. One of the main ingredients of our organic insect repellent is citronella oil. This natural insect repellent essential oil has been registered in US Environmental Protection Agency because of its high efficacy against mosquitoes and low toxicity level.4 Formulated with aloe vera, witch hazel, glycerin, eucalyptus oil, lemon oil, neem, lemongrass, and vitamins, this bug repellent can be as effective as DEET in repelling stubborn pests but gentle enough for children.

If you’re looking for a private label company that can help you make the most effective bug repellent that you can provide to your beloved customers, then look no further. The Omnium Group can assist you with custom formulation, product development, manufacture, and packaging of your organic bug repellent. Contact us now and our expertly-trained personnel will thoroughly walk you through everything that you need to know about bug repellents!


1 da Silva MRM, Ricci-Júnior E. An approach to natural insect repellent formulations: from basic research to technological development. Acta Trop. 2020 Dec;212:105419. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2020.105419. Epub 2020 Feb 28. PMID: 32119826.

2 National Pesticide Information Center. DEET: General Fact Sheet. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/DEETgen.html

3 Tavares M, da Silva MRM, de Oliveira de Siqueira LB, Rodrigues RAS, Bodjolle-d’Almeida L, Dos Santos EP, Ricci-Júnior E. Trends in insect repellent formulations: A review. Int J Pharm. 2018 Mar 25;539(1-2):190-209. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2018.01.046. Epub 2018 Feb 3. PMID: 29410208.

4 Sharma R, Rao R, Kumar S, Mahant S, Khatkar S. Therapeutic Potential of Citronella Essential Oil: A Review. Curr Drug Discov Technol. 2019;16(4):330-339. doi: 10.2174/1570163815666180718095041. PMID: 30019646.

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