dontbitemeMosquitoes can be a problem here in Washington State so we always keep bug spray on hand. Unfortunately, DEET is somewhat effective in masking body odor that’s attractive to mosquitoes, but it doesn’t block the carbon monoxide in a person’s breath.

Additionally, DEET has been found to cause skin rashes and other adverse reactions like seizures, particularly in children.  Because of these issues, many experts recommend limiting your DEET exposure to one to two times a day.  If you’re camping or doing other extended activities in mosquito-prone areas, it’s probably not the best option.  I also prefer a natural solution whenever possible and hate the smell of traditional bug sprays.

I was thrilled to learn about the Don’t Bite Me Patch . It’s a topically applied transdermal patch that releases Vitamin B1 and Aloe into your bloodstream which changes your body secretions to make them less enticing.  They beauty of of the patch is not just that it lasts 36 hours, but because it’s absorbed into your blood stream and excreted from your pores and breath, you’re covered from head to toe.  Sweating also makes it work better rather than counteracting traditional sprays that are not sweat-resistant.

dontbiteme1In addition to the bug repellent aspects, Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is good for your nervous system, digestion, muscles, heart, and alcohol-damaged nerve tissues. There’s no known danger of a Vitamin B1 overdose since it dissolves in water and the extra is excreted in your urine and sweat.  Many natural websites recommend taking vitamin B1 regularly during the summer to repel mosquitoes.  They also suggest avoiding bananas and peanut butter during the summer moths because they produce odors that attract mosquitoes.

The second ingredient, Aloe Vera contains anti-inflammatory properties which can alleviate pain and swelling associated with any bites that you might get despite the patch. There are no known toxicity issues with Aloe Vera.

The application couldn’t be easier.  Like any transdermal patch, just pick a dry, hairless area of the body, place the patch on the skin, lightly press in place, and remove the backing. The patch will remain in place until you take it off – even after swimming!  It’s most effective if placed at least 2 hours before going outside.  Removal is less painful (think removing a band aid) if you place the patch in an area where the skin is tougher like the upper arm or thigh.

Application How-To Video

There are a few things to keep in mind for optimal results: One patch is all that is needed to protect anyone weighing up to 200 lbs.  Over 200 lbs you’ll need an additional patch to fully protect yourself.  There are other reasons why you may need two patches – see the Possible Drug Interactions list below.

I’m a convert.  The Don’t Bite Me Patch is clear, nearly odorless (just a slightly sweet smell), discreet, safe for children and is easy to pop into your bag or first aid kit for traveling. No messy spray or lotion that can spill or get into eyes and mouth, no towelettes that can dry out after time, and total body coverage.  It’s simple and safe and the worst thing about them is you may emit a vitamin smell – which is exactly what keeps the mosquitoes away!

I also love that the company provides Don’t Bite Me patches to Kenya  and other areas affected by poverty. Their commitment to provide a safe, natural product and then share it with others less fortunate, is a real plus for me.  My son will be spending 6 weeks in Africa later this year and his cousin recently contracted Malaria there (she’s due home soon) .  Repelling mosquitoes in Africa means more than just avoiding a little scratching, it means protecting yourself from a life-long chronic illness.  My son will be taking Don’t Bite Me patches with him at my insistence!

Want to try it? Visit Don’t Bite Me Patch’s website and sign up for a free sample.

Available in 5, 10, 20 packs – a pack of 20 sells for approximately $15.99

Possible Drug Interactions:

Two patches may be needed if:

  • You take Antacids
  • You use barbiturates
  • You take Diuretics
  • You Smoke
  • You have recently taken Antibiotics
  • You take Oral Contraceptives
  • You drink Alcohol
  • You weigh over 200 lbs
  • You are taking Chemotherapy

All of the above may cause thiamine deficiency levels, therefore requiring two patches to provide protection.

Care:

Store in a dry place. Do not expose to temperature in excess of 1400 F.

Product Warnings

The US Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of strength, purity or safety of products, and effects may vary. You should always read product labels. If you have a medical condition, or are taking other drugs, herbs or supplements, you should speak to a qualified healthcare provider before starting a new therapy.

Side Effects and Warnings:

Thiamine is generally considered safe and relatively nontoxic, even at high doses. No clear tolerable upper level (UL) of intake has been established. Dermatitis (skin irritations) or more serious hypersensitivity reactions occur rarely. Please read the product insert in its entirety before using the product.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:

US. Food and Drug Administration Pregnancy Category C. Please consult your physician with the list of product ingredients prior to use.

Warning Statements and Warning Properties

May cause eye irritation.  Prolonged contact may cause dermatitis.

First Aid for Accidental Eye Exposure (avoided by washing hands after application)

Immediately flush with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the upper and lower eyelids. Get medical attention.

Special thanks to Don’t Bite Me Patch for proving a few patches to sample.  This did not affect my review.

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