Sprayon Insect Repellent II S00856 contains a 23.75% concentration of DEET, which provides up to four hours of protection under normal use.

To protect against and combat this summer's return of the West Nile virus (WNV), Diversified Brands provides an insect repellent with the industry's highest concentration of DEET. Sprayon Insect Repellent II S00856 is EPA-registered and can be safely applied to skin, clothing and anywhere insects are a problem. With a 23.8% concentration of N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET) that lasts for up to four hours, Sprayon Insect Repellent II provides longer-lasting protection against mosquitoes than repellants with lower time-released concentrations.

West Nile virus (WNV) was first detected in the fall of 1999 in the New York City area. As a result, 62 persons infected with the virus were hospitalized and seven died. It was then discovered that a person becomes infected with the virus from the bite of a virus-carrying mosquito. WNV has since traveled westward in the United States, infecting numerous people in states including Colorado and South Dakota.

In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 9,858 human cases of West Nile and 262 deaths as a direct result of the virus. With this season's summer months approach ing, the potential threat of WNV is expected to surface again throughout the United States. At the present time, there is not a vaccine for the disease, however the CDC recommends several precautionary measures, including the use of mosquito repellents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and www.westnilevirusfacts.org, one of the best tips for avoiding WNV in 2004 is to use mosquito repellents. Repellents with N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET) work to counteract the attraction of mosquitoes to human skin odors by making a person's odor unattractive for feeding. The level of DEET a repellent contains is in direct relation to the amount of time it can protect from mosquito bites. In 2002, a comparative study conducted by the Massachusetts Medical Society concluded that of the various insect repellents examined, those containing DEET provided the longest-lasting protection.

This summer, Diversified Brands offers an effective insecticide to protect against mosquitoes and the threat of WNV. Sprayon Insect Repellent II S00856 contains the industry's highest available concentration of DEET (23.75 percent), which provides up to four hours of protection under normal use. Engineered to effectively repel mosquitoes, it can also ward off black flies, chiggers, deer flies, ticks, gnats, stable flies and fleas, additionally providing protection against Lyme disease. EPA-registered and free of R-11, Insect Repellent II is offered in 8-oz. cans.

In addition, Diversified Brands offers several industrial-strength insecticides, including Sprayon Hit Squad Industrial Insecticide S00859 for quick, safe elimination of insects in industrial environments. It works against mosquitoes, houseflies, gnats, wasps, small moths, ants, roaches, waterbugs, silverfish, centipedes, spid ers, crickets, sowbugs, beetles, weevils, grain mites, lice, bedbugs and fleas. Hit Squad is suggested for schools, hospitals, restaurants and similar institutions, and can be utilized in or outdoors. The EPA-registered, NSF regulated and F2 rated product is available in 20-oz. cans.

Sprayon Blast "˜Em S00857 and Big Blast "˜Em Wasp & Hornet Killer S20857 contain a high amount of petroleum distillates for the most effective knockdown (98 percent) and kill (100 percent) rates within 24 hours. Both products' powerful spray have a dielectric strength of 33 thousand volts that will not harm most plastics, including Noryl, ABS and Lexan. Blast "˜Em and Big Blast "˜Em are recommended for applications including utility meters and boxes, nesting areas in shrubs, porch lighting fixtures, and outdoor public areas such as golf courses, beaches, picnic grounds and amphitheaters. Sprayon Blast "˜Em and Big Blast "˜Em Wasp & Hornet Killer are EPA-registered, NSF regulated and F2 rated, and are available in 16-oz. and 20-oz. cans.

Source: Diversified Brands, July 19, 2004