Geraniol Used in BugBand Products and the Dangers of DEET

Geraniol is derived from the Geranium FlowerGeraniol, the active ingredient in BugBand mosquito repelling products. One way Geraniol is extracted is by a steam distillation process from many types of plants including Geraniums. Geraniol has been used for many years for a variety of purposes and can be found in foods, drinks, cosmetics, perfumes, plus many odor masking and deodorizing products. 

Geraniol + other BugBand ingredients is considered a minimal risk pesticide ingredient by EPA standards. (Does not require registration by the USA EPA and has been exempted from registration under FIFRA).

Geraniol is a biodegradable ingredient that is safe to use. There is minimal human and environmental toxicity when products containing geraniol are used as directed on their labels.

BugBand Arm ComparisonGeraniol has a relatively high vapor pressure and gives off a dilute vapor into the air stream which acts as an area repellent. Mosquitoes sense the vapors and avoid them. This helps repel mosquitoes before they land. The tendency of Geraniol to evaporate makes it work as the active ingredient in BugBand Insect Repellent Spray Lotion , the BugBand Insect Repelling Band , BugBand Towelettes with Insect Repelling Lotion , and other BugBand mosquito repellent products.


DEET is a synthetic, manufactured chemical that is also known to repel insects. When formulated with any ingredient, even tap water, it is required to be registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide. The National Pesticide Telecommunications Network reports that DEET does not readily degrade in the environment and has a moderate potential to move through soil and into groundwater. It is slightly toxic to fish, birds and aquatic invertebrates.

DEET is a very strong solvent and will dissolve, degrade, and cause damage to plastic, rubber and paint. Things like acrylic sunglasses, fishing line, watch crystals, finishes on firearms, paint on trucks, or similar materials can be damaged or destroyed if subjected to DEET-based products.

Some DEET-based products have been found to be flammable, and many manufacturers of flame-retardant garments have issued warnings to their users not to use DEET-based repellents while wearing flame retardant suits.

The BugBand products are safe to use on people or with equipment (when used as directed on product label) and does not have a flammability issue. In fact, products like the BugBand Insect Repelling Band don't even need to be worn with direct skin contact. Many users put them on belt loops, baby strollers, shoelaces or hat bands and find them to be highly effective when used in this manner.