VIDEO: FTC Warns Perfume-Like Insect Repellents Claims Not Based on Scientific Evidence

By  //  May 7, 2018

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CDC recommends skin-applied insect repellents registered with the EPA

ABOVE VIDEO: Last summer, the FTC shut down ‘mosquito shields’ saying the arm band’s claims were unsubstantiated and are now warning consumers that many perfume-like insect repellents that safeguard against dangerous mosquito-borne illnesses aren’t scientifically substantiated.

(FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION) – The idea of a perfume-like insect repellent that safeguards against dangerous mosquito-borne illnesses may sound great. But before making a rash decision, take a moment to consider whether the claims a company makes about its products are truly accurate.

For instance, the makers of Aromaflage sprays and candles said the products protect users from mosquito bites that can lead to diseases like the Zika virus and yellow fever…oh, and that it smells good.

Adding credibility to these claims, customer reviews on Amazon.com sang Aromaflage’s praises.

But the FTC says the company did not base its claims on solid scientific evidence. What’s more, some of the so-called “customers” turned out to be one of the company’s owners and several members of her family.

The best guide for protecting yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

The CDC recommends using skin-applied insect repellents registered with the EPA and containing certain active ingredients.

Click here to check out additional tips from the CDC on protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites, and things to know before traveling to areas with Zika.

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The EPA has registered products to treat clothing and gear. The EPA has evaluated these products for safety and effectiveness.

You can also search the EPA’s registry for skin-applied repellents based on the type of insect, product ingredients, and other factors. Here’s more from the EPA on using repellents safely and effectively.

If you’re considering an all-natural repellent not registered with the EPA, know that neither the EPA nor the CDC can vouch for its effectiveness. Also, certain ingredients aren’t safe for children under three — even if they’re advertised as all-natural.

And if a product’s ads and spokespersons turn out to be less than honest, report it to the FTC.

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