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Up to 7 hours protection time

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Up to 8 hours protection time

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12 to 15 hours protection time

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ABOVE: A poster from WWII urging soldiers to use repellent

DEET HISTORY

  • DEET was developed in 1944 for use by the United States Army, following its experience of jungle warfare during World War II


  • DEET entered military use in 1946 and civilian use in 1957


  • DEET has been applied over 8 BILLION TIMES by people since 1957


  • 200 million people apply DEET every year


  • DEET is registered in all markets across the world
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RIGHT:BELOW:
A bottle of insect repellent from 1959 containing DEET.

A demonstration of how long DEET based repellents have been available to the consumer.

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DEET SAFETY


DEET occasionally suffers from an unfounded reputation regarding safety.

In reality there are very few other products that can claim the same efficacy and historical safety as DEET.


Deet Safe EPA recommendation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine recommendation The Royal Melbourne Childrens Hospital recommendation Uniformed Services University recommendation

HOW DEET WORKS

Deet Molecule

ABOVE: The molecular structure of N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide


DEET was historically believed to work by blocking insect olfcatory receptors for 1-octen-3-ol, a volatile substance that is contained in human sweat and breath.


The prevailing theory was that DEET effectively "blinds" the insect's senses so that the biting/feeding instinct is not triggered by humans or other animals which produce these chemicals.


However, more recent evidence shows that DEET serves as a true repellent in that mosquitoes intensely dislike the smell of the chemical.

A type of olfactory receptor neuron in special antennal sensilla of mosquitoes that is activated by DEET, has been identified.


DEET DOWNSIDES


DEET is also used in the production of certain paints, plastics and synthetic fibres. As DEET is an oil, when the item containing DEET comes into contact with the DEET on the wearers skin it can 'react' and damage / discolour the certain finishes.


That's why we have a warning on all our packaging advising to avoid contact with cell phones, spectacle frames, painted surfaces, synthetic fabrics and vinyl plastics.

All recommended companies who support DEET

% ACTIVE (DEET) LEVELS


The higher the active concentration (DEET%), the longer the protection time.


Theoretically all concentration levels should be equally effective at repelling, just for different lengths of time.


Bushman products contain either 20%, 40% or 80% DEET.


In our experience we found that products with less than 20% DEET don't offer adequate or long enough protection to be reliable.


Bushman Product Range

20% DEET

7 HOURS PROTECTION


Products containing 20% DEET

> Bushman Roll-On
> Bushman 'Plus' Pump Spray
> Bushman 'Plus' Aerosol Range

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40% DEET

8 HOURS PROTECTION


Products containing 40% DEET

> Bushman 'Ultra' Aerosol range

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80% DEET

12-15 HOURS PROTECTION


Products containing 80% DEET

> Bushman 'Plus' DryGel
> Bushman 'Ultra' DryGel

DEET & CHILDREN

Children Deet

Prior to a 2014 review the US EPA stated that DEET was safe for use for anyone over 6 months of age. In 2014, during a review, the EPA stated that . . .


"DEET IS APPROVED FOR USE ON CHILDREN WITH NO AGE RESTRICTIONS"


"THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON THE PERCENTAGE OF DEET IN THE PRODUCT FOR USE IN CHILDREN"


"There also are no data showing incidents that would lead EPA to believe there is a need to restrict the use of DEET"


We advise that Bushman is applied to children over 3 years of age. This is just in case the child gets product in their eyes, for example, and is unable to convey the issue to their parents or guardian.


> Link to EPA report HERE

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Bushman range

There are 10 main products to choose from in the Bushman range

Product Comparison


  Bushman plus roll-on product Bushman plus pump-spray product Bushman plus aerosol products Bushman plus dry gel product Bushman ultra aerosol products Bushman ultra dry gel product

Delivery

Roll On

Pump Spray

Aerosol

DryGel

Aerosol

DryGel

Size

65g

100ml

50g / 150g / 350g

75g

60g / 130g / 225g

75g

Active %

20% DEET

20% DEET

20% DEET

80% DEET

40% DEET

80% DEET

Protection time

7 Hours

7 Hours

7 Hours

12 Hours

8 Hours

15 Hours

Sunscreen

Annoying fly repellent

Biting fly repellent

  Bushman plus roll-on product

Delivery

Roll On

Size

65g

Active %

20% DEET

Protection time

7 Hours

Sunscreen

Annoying fly repellent

Biting fly repellent


  Bushman plus pump spray product Bushman plus aerosol product Bushman plus dry gel product

Delivery

Pump Spray

Aerosol

DryGel

Size

100ml

50g / 150g / 350g

75g

Active %

20% DEET

20% DEET

80% DEET

Protection time

7 Hours

7 Hours

12 Hours

Sunscreen

Annoying fly repellent

Biting fly repellent


  Bushman ultra aerosol Bushman ultra dry gel product

Delivery

Aerosol

DryGel

Size

60g / 130g / 225g

75g

Active %

40% DEET

80% DEET

Protection time

8 Hours

15 Hours

Sunscreen

Annoying fly repellent

Biting fly repellent






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Bushman plus pump spray product

Pump spray

Bushman plus and ultra aerosols

Aerosols

Bushman plus and ultra drygels

Drygels

Choose by active levels (protection time)

Bushman plus products

Medium (7 hours protection)

Bushman ultra aerosol cans

High (8 hours protection)

Bushman plus and ultra drygels

Very high (12-15 hours protection)


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  • BIRD LICE

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DEET


The higher the DEET%, the longer the
protection time.

Theoretically the effectiveness of a 20%
DEET product is the same as an 80% DEET
product, just not for as long.

Be wary of sub-20% DEET products.

Depending on the other ingredients in the
formulation, the protection time could be
short.

DEET has been proven, over 60 years of
use, to be a highly safe and effective
repellent against mosquitoes and other
biting insects.

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WEARER ADVICE

Recommendations and advice to get the best
performance from your Bushman

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DEET

Understand its history and see recommendations
from governments and health organisations

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BITING FLIES


Members of the Ceratopogonidae family are
better known as sandflies, noseeums,
no-see-ums, nicnics, midge, black flies and
black gnats, amongst others.

Unlike the mosquito, that uses a proboscis,
the above have biting, piercing and sucking
mouthparts to 'gnaw' their way to blood.

Of all the insects that bite humans these are
probably the most widespread and definitely
one of the most irritating.

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ABOVE: The entire Bushman range is effective at
repelling biting insects, such as Sandflies

As all Bushman products use the active
DEET all are equally effective at repelling the
Ceratopogonidae family, just for different
durations of time - with the possibility of the
DryGel products being ever so slightly better,
due to their thicker composition.

It's more important to ensure that you have
applied Bushman to all exposed areas of
skin - focus on areas such as your ankles,
back of legs and neck (easy places to miss
and very appealing to them) - and apply in
advanced; don't wait until you suspect you
being bitten, as often, you can't tell.

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ANNOYING FLIES


Certain flies, most commonly bush flies and
blow flies, land on your face and generally
pester you because the female of
the species wants your saliva, mucus and tears;
it's how she gets her protein.

She needs it to breed and this is why she is
so persistent and so 'in your face'. It's this
persistency that makes them so annoying,
and even uncomfortable to be around.

Our PLUS pump spray and aerosol range
(green cans and bottle) have additional
ingredients to repel these type of
annoying flies.

Bushman 3 Can lineup of Bushman Products

ABOVE:The PLUS pump spray & aerosol range contain
additional repellents for annoying flies such as, Bush

Because of the way these flies behave, the
additional fly repellents successfully prevent
them landing on your face, but you can't always
stop them from flying close to your face.

However, in independent tests we found
using these products made being around
flies much more comfortable than when not
wearing it.

BUSHMAN HISTORY

Bushman Products

Bushman was founded in 1990 by an industrial chemist with over 35 years' experience
developing personal insect repellents.

His goal was to produce the very best repellent available.

It was developed in the tropics for the tropics and tested in 'the swamps' to ensure it was the best performing repellent in the harshest of conditions.

Since then Bushman has grown to be Australia's 'Number ONE' premium repellent, mostly through word of mouth recommendations.

Through the 1990's and 2000's Bushman products have been the subject of many independent tests where they proved their performance everytime.

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DEET - PROVEN SAFE AND EFFECTIVE OVER 60 YEARS OF USE


All Bushman products use the active DEET to repel mosquitoes and other biting insects...
...Not because we have to, but because DEET has been proven over SIXTY YEARS to be effective, reliable and safe.


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The most effective mosquito
repellents contain DEET

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The most effective mosquito repellents
contain Diethyl Toluamide (DEET)

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Research has found that those with
the active ingredients of DEET
(diethyltoluamide) tend to be
most effective

Certified Organisation for Deet

Repellents containing
Diethyl Toluamide (DEET) are best

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"...Gold Standard in Repellents..."

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Use EPA-registered insect repellents that contain at least 20% DEET

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"Repellents should contain DEET..."

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DEET-based insect repellents as concentrations over
20% give a longer duration of protection than currently
available formulations of other agents

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DEET is the best insect repellent
humans have ever invented

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Repellents containing a chemical
known as DEET are thought to be
most effective

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DEET's most significant benefit is its ability to repel
potentially disease-carrying insects and ticks

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DEET has been proven to be the most effective
in preventing mosquito bites so it is the
repellent of choice

DEET - PROVEN SAFE AND EFFECTIVE OVER 60 YEARS OF USE

All Bushman products use the active DEET to repel mosquitoes and other biting insects.

Not because we have to, but because DEET has been proven over SIXTY YEARS to be effective, reliable and safe.

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