Our Wellness Team on Insect-Borne Diseases

The World Health Organization has reported that insect-borne or vector-borne diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases and cause more than 700,000 deaths annually.

Just what exactly are these diseases and from which insect can you get it?

Aquatic snails - Schistosomiasis (bilharziasis)

Black flies - Onchocerciasis (river blindness)

Lice - Typhus and louse-borne relapsing fever, Vector-borne diseases

Fleas - Plague (transmitted by fleas from rats to humans), Rickettsiosis

Mosquitoes - Aedes, Chikungunya, Dengue fever, Lymphatic filariasis, Rift Valley fever, Yellow fever, Zika

Anopheles - Lymphatic filariasis, Malaria

Culex - Japanese encephalitis,  Lymphatic filariasis,  West Nile fever

Sandflies - Leishmaniasis,  Sandfly fever (phelebotomus fever)

Ticks - Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever,  Lyme disease,  Relapsing fever (borreliosis),   Tularaemia

Triatomine bugs - Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis)

Tsetse flies - Sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis)

In the United States alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a 356% (!) increase in the number of cases of insect-borne diseases (brought about by fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks). That’s from 27,000 cases in the year 2004 to 96,000 cases in the year 2016. These are cases of infectious diseases that have caused long-term severe (even fatal) complications so don’t take them lightly.

According to the report, the reason for the increase is the warmer weather that we are experiencing now. Insects, specifically mosquitoes and ticks, thrive in warm weather and this has caused an upsurge in cases of the West Nile virus and Lyme disease and even the deadly Powassan virus. The increased volume of international travel has also led to viral outbreaks (like the Zika virus).

The thing is the more time you spend outdoors, the higher your risk of being infected. You wouldn’t want to infected by these blood-sucking insects, would you?

You know the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” So rather than avoiding the outdoors, take an aggressive stance against insects by arming yourself with repellents.

The only problem with most insect repellents available in the market today is that they contain this chemical called DEET which causes skin irritation, dizziness, breathing difficulty, seizures, and even death. Birth / developmental defects, impaired cognitive function, insomnia, kidney and liver damage, and mood disturbances are other reported side effects of DEET.

Why risk it when there are natural alternatives?

Why We Recommend Nantucket Spider For You

The Company

Nantucket Spider was launched in 2013. It set out to be an honest company that delivers what it says it will deliver.

Nantucket Spider offers a line of insect repellents that are chemical-free, more specifically DEET-free, natural, vegan, yet proven effective. The company uses exceptional combinations of organic, fresh, great-smelling essential oils to come up with products that will help you combat bugs, fleas, flies (biting, black, deer, and horse flies), mosquitoes, spiders (!), ticks, and other pesky insects. Their products are water-based so they are light and do not have a greasy effect on skin. What’s more, their packaging is patented - handy, fine mist sprayers which make for easy application and full coverage. You can even spray it on clothing without having to worry about stains.

The best thing about Nantucket Spider products is that they are gentle enough for the whole family. If your kids are allergic to citronella, they have a citronella-free repellent too!

Have dogs? The company has something for them too!

So whether your family (furry pets included!) loves camping, canoeing, hiking, travelling, or simply loves being outside (even just on the porch or patio!), Nantucket Spider has got you covered.

What we also like about Nantucket Spider is that they are always on consumers’ list of top (meaning, highly recommended) natural repellents that really work. Their products have been featured on Bustle and Romper – both digital magazines for the millennial women. This only goes to show that today’s moms are already enlightened about the harmful effects of DEET and other chemicals. You should be too!

The Creator | Founder

It all started when Nancy Jack, an environmental lawyer, was visiting a business site which unfortunately was teeming with bugs. A well-meaning colleague handed her a popular chemical-based repellent spray. But to Nancy’s horror, that particular brand dissolved the fabric that she was wearing! And this was the wake-up call for Nancy

So she got in touch with her longtime friend and fellow lawyer Jeffrey Busch, who loved the beach (specifically Jetties Beach in Nantucket) but disliked the flies that surrounded it and who was also thinking of ways to ward off these insects – naturally.

Initially, they meant to create this alternative insect repellent to give to family and friends only. But one can’t really stop something good from spreading, right?

And that’s the story of Nancy and Jeffrey – the tandem behind Nantucket Spider, a company that proves that only good things come out from good friends.



Natural, Deet-free Repellent for People

8 oz. bottle, 4 oz. bottle, 2 oz. bottle


Extra Strength Tick Spray

8 oz. bottle, 4 oz. bottle, 2 oz. bottle


No Citronella Repellent

8 oz. bottle, 4 oz. bottle, 2 oz. bottle


Nantucket Spider Repellent for Dogs

8 oz. bottle

Go to http://nantucketspider.com/shop for the complete list of Nantucket Spider products.

Honest Reviews for Nantucket Spider :

“ Really nice bug spray. Didn’t get bit once while using this (unlike other bug sprays). The essential oils in this bottle smell really nice, I love the smell. Worked well to protect the kids too.

– Debra Costa

“ Not only is this the ONLY bug spray that works on my grandchildren; but this company is outstanding! I received two bottles from Amazon which were both damaged. I gave Amazon a poor packaging review because of the issue. The president of Nantucket Spider sent me a personal message along with two new bottles of spray. Great product AND great customer service! Thanks Nantucket Spider!! ”
– Anna Mayberry

“ Love this product! I live on Cape Cod on 2½ acres of woods surrounded by conservation & wetlands. It works quite well against deer flies, green heads, and mosquitoes. The essential oils smell great to humans but not to bugs. I like that I don’t smell like chemicals and don’t worry about absorption of chemicals through skin contact. When doing heavy yard work I will continue permethrin for boots and hat just to be safe. Everyday use I just go with this product. ”
– Helen C. Jenest

“ I absolutely love this product. I spray anytime we are on grass and haven’t seen a tick. I have a tick phobia. Smells great and skin doesn’t feel greasy or anything. Will buy again. This bottle will last a long time. I do spray my son from head to toe as for me only below my hips since I don’t throw myself on the grass. It even has kept the mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes love me. ”
– Chastity Caban

“ We are happy with this product. It is safe and effective. Even for mosquitoes. I don't want my fur-baby on all the poisons when natural solutions like this exist and work. Thanks ”
– Blair

“ Fantastic, all-natural product that works great! Wonderful alternative to chemical pesticides, especially on sensitive dog breeds. ”
– Janet Sheehan

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