Our Extra Strength Tick formula is really for people. While it is highly effective in deterring ticks, it contains clove oil, which we don’t recommend putting on dogs. Clove oil is slightly toxic when ingested, and dogs have smaller organs than people so they can be even more sensitive to the effects of clove oil. Our Extra Strength Tick repellent also contains a bit of cinnamon oil, which is considered a hot oil, and could cause irritation on the skin of some sensitive dogs. For these reasons we don’t really recommend using this product on dogs.
Can I use your products on my cat?
We don’t recommend using any of our repellents on cats. We are often surprised to see products with similar ingredients to ours being sold as safe for cats, as cats have particularly sensitive systems and can absorb essential oil products through their skin. Essential oils and many other ingredients that are gentle on people, can be toxic to cats, and have the potential to damage their livers. Their grooming habits also increase the possibility that they will ingest essential oils directly. Try making your own tea with fresh herbs such as thyme and catmint and spritz that on your cat instead (make sure you keep it refrigerated!)
Can I use your products on my horse?
If you are looking for a fly, tick or mosquito repellent for your horses, all of our products are safe and effective. We recommend our regular product (the one with the orange label), which has received a lot of positive feedback for use on horses.
What is the difference between the People Product and the Summer Camp Product?
Our camp repellent is much like the original formula, and is equally effective (both repelled 98% to 100% of mosquitoes in lab tests), but is citronella-free. We made it for kids (and others) who may have an aversion to citronella. Each bottle includes a hang tag with a space for a name, so it won’t get lost!
Are your sprays safe for my baby?
All of our repellents are “minimum risk pesticides” with no age restrictions, however, we do not recommend using them (or any repellents for that matter) directly on the skin of infants and very young children. Children tend to have such delicate skin and may also have sensitivities or aversions to particular oils. Instead of spraying repellents directly on the skin of infants, spray their socks, shoes, and hats. If you do decide to use our repellents directly on skin, it is important to “test patch,” a small area inside the arm first and to discontinue use if irritation results.
Can I use the Dog Repellent on me?
Do the People and Summer Camp sprays protect me against ticks?
How often should I reapply?
Are your products organic?
Yes, since 2018 all of our products are made with organic essential oils! (For regulatory reasons, the products do not say so on the label)
Are your products soy and nut free and vegan?
Yes, all Nantucket Spider products are nut and soy free and vegan.
What are the inert ingredients in your products?
People: Water, Glycerin
Dog: Water, Glycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol
Extra Strength Tick: Water, Vanillin, Glycerin
My child has numerous allergy sensitivities-is your product safe to use?
Will the Tick Repellent repel all ticks and how should it be applied?
While the regular products do repel ticks, they won’t repel them as effectively or for as long duration. The tick product also contains cinnamon oil — an ingredient that is very effective against ticks but can cause skin irritation and definitely eye irritation if it is sprayed on the face.
All tick larva and over 90% of nymphs and many adults are found within 6 inches of the ground on grasses, leaves, and low growing plants. The remainder of the adults are found in bushes up to waist high but it is quite unusual for adults to be on or in trees and to fall from above. Nearly all ticks arrive on their hosts from the ground up and crawl up to good and warm hiding spots where they are difficult to find. It is an important goal of a tick repellent to create a low barrier so if a tick does get on you it will be detered from attaching or from climbing upward where it will be diffiult to find. The Extra Strength tick repellent should be applied thoroughly from the knees down on all sides and covering socks and shoes or from the waist down if in deeper brush and on arms if handling weeds or brush.
Does your product keep away spiders?
Unfortunately, this is not the product to use if your goal is to get rid of spiders. Nantucket Spider is not a spider repellent: it is a repellent that you wear to keep away mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks. (We call it “Nantucket Spider” because spiders are so good at repelling other insects!)
What are the differences between the different products?
Nantucket Spider Bug Repellent: This is our original product best seller. It is best for flies and mosquitoes and will also repel ticks (but doesn’t last as long and is not as thorough as our Extra Strength Tick repellent). It is a light and fresh spray that can be sprayed head to toe including on hair and clothing and is made with a broad range of essential oils including cedarwood, citronella, clove, geranium, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, and spearmint. While our 8 ounce bottles use our patented trigger spray, our 4 and 2 ounce sizes (with pump sprayers) are convenient for travel and to carry in a handbag or a backpack.
Nantucket Spider Summer Camp: This product is much like the original formula, and is equally effective, but is citronella-free. We made it for kids (and others) who may have an aversion to citronella. Each bottle includes a hangtag with a space for a name, so it won’t get lost! While our 8 ounce bottles have our signature trigger sprayer, our 4 and 2 ounce sizes (with pump sprayers) are convenient for travel and to carry in a handbag or a backpack.
Nantucket Spider Extra Strength Tick Repellent: This is our best repellent for ticks. It is best used with waist down application in conjunction with our People or Summer Camp products. It is a heavier and stronger repellent than our other repellents. While no repellent repels all ticks, in independent lab tests, ours repelled 92% of deer ticks. While our 8 ounce bottles have our signature trigger sprayer, our 4 and 2 ounce sizes (with pump sprayers) are convenient for travel and to carry in a handbag or a backpack.
Nantucket Spider Bug Repellent for Dogs: This repellent is specially formulated to exclude ‘citrusy’ oils that dogs dislike and clove oil which they shouldn’t ingest. Instead it contains thyme oil to repel fleas, and other oils such as geranium, rosemary, cedar, and peppermint– all effective repellents against pests including ticks. While this is formulated for dogs, it can be used on their owners as well!
What are the differences between the People and Camp products and the Tick product?
There are significant differences between the people/camp and the extra strength tick. The people and camp products evaporate more quickly and are much lighter and we think more pleasant to spray around face, hair, and on clothing. They also contain the best ingredients for repelling mosquitoes and files. We decided it was better to make a lighter product even though it needs to be applied more frequently because it needs to be pleasant to use or people won’t want to put it on.