Review of Kite Shield Mosquito Repellent
The Kite formula is natural, DEET-free, and safe for both users and the environment (and therefore able to bypass the EPA’s approval process in production.)
But unlike citronella and the old-lady-perfumey Avon Skin So Soft my grandma used to rub all over me as bug spray, Kite says its Shield is actually effective, lasting for up to 4 hours per application, and safe to reapply every 2 hours without freaking out your skin or making your urine turn green.
Kite Shield’s patent-pending formula works by targeting mosquitoes’ sensing receptors -the part of the insect that guides them towards a food source. It’s synergistic blend of botanical active ingredients confuses the receptors and creates a barrier on the skin.
According to the manufacturer, all you have to do is spray Kite Shield on your skin and the mosquito-blocking shield of protection goes to work. Kite Shield makes you virtually invisible- if they can’t find you, they can’t bite you!
How it Works
Kite Shield works by masking the carbon dioxide humans off-gas, which attracts mosquitos to us to begin with. It “confuses” the blood-suckers’ sensing receptors and, effectively, shrouds you in a Cloak of Invisibility.
Kite says the spray has been proven to fight off Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes for up to 4 hours, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes for up to 2 hours, and Anopheles quadrimaculatus mosquitoes for up to 90 minutes.
Kite Shield has not been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because it qualifies for exemption from registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Kite Shield has been clinically tested, and is scientifically proven to be effective, DEET-free and safer for you and the planet.
What You Need to Know About Kite Shield
- Kite Shield contains lemongrass oil, thyme oil, peppermint oil, corn oil, wintergreen oil, vanillin, and isopropyl alcohol.
- Kite Shield does not include DEET. Most people are trying to avoid products with DEET, which is known to cause damage to plastics, acetate, rayon, spandex, furniture finishes, leather, painted or varnished surfaces, nail polish, and watch crystals.
- Kite Shield repels three types of mosquitos: Aedis aegypti, Culex quinquefasciatus, Anopheles quadrimaculatus. The repellent will protect up to 4 hours against Culex quinquefasciatus, 2 hours against Aedis aegypti, and 90 minutes against Anopheles quadrimaculatus mosquitoes. You should re-apply Kite Shield every 2 hours.
- Kite Shield has not been tested on pregnant women or babies or toddlers.. In these cases, go over the ingredient list with your doctor to determine if the product is suitable.
- Kite Shield has not been tested for compatibility with all types of fabric. Before using Kite Shield on your clothing, test it on a small inconspicuous area to ensure that the fabric will not be stained by the natural, botanical oils in the formulation. For areas where mosquito infestations are extreme, consider applying Kite Shield to your skin and wearing long sleeved shirts and pants to increase your protection.
- Kite Shield has not yet been tested against other insects such as midges, biting flies, bed bugs & therefore the manufacturer cannot make claims to attest to its efficacy against these insects at this time.
- Mosquito species within each genus are relatively closely related to one another, so Kite Shield may be effective against other species as well, but this hasn’t been proven; there isn’t supporting efficacy nor duration data because the product cannot be practically tested against all species. However, the efficacy data provided by the manufacturer is against the three most common species that mosquito repellents are tested against, so chances are you’ll have the protection you need in most circumstances.
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