Lindsey Hayes is an Award-Winning TV Host, who specializes in the outdoor industry and has worked on the Fox Sports Network. Today, she interviews Ranger Ready's Founder & CEO, Chris L. Fuentes, to discuss Hunting, Lyme disease, and Ranger Ready Scent Zero Bug Spray.
Lindsey Hayes: Today we're going to discuss ways to decrease our risk for Lyme disease and other vector-borne illnesses by using Ranger Ready Repellents. The company's founder, Chris Fuentes, joins me now to discuss how hunters, hikers, anglers, and more benefit from this extra layer of defense.
Chris L. Fuentes: Lyme disease is much more common than people think. Every Summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day, about 10,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease weekly. It happens because there's so many ticks and so many people going outdoors. The first thing you want to do is be mindful. Unfortunately, dogs are the biggest carriers of ticks. We recommend using Permethrin 0.5% Spray on your dog beds, car seats, and your dog.
Hayes: One thing I love about Ranger Ready (Picaridin 20% Body-Worn Repellent) is that it's safe for adults, children over one year, during pregnancy, and also doesn't contain DEET. Chris, why did you create Ranger Ready in the beginning, and where does your passion for this industry stem from?
Fuentes: You have to have passion for what you do. I, as a grandfather, wanted to see the next generation of young kids go outdoors like I was able to in the 60s and 70s and not have to worry about Lyme disease. So, we invented a better bug spray that people actually wanted to wear and kids would willingly wear outside. People are genuinely able to spend more time outdoors and feel comfortable that they're not being bitten by ticks or mosquitos. That was our goal and we've started to accomplish it. Being passionate about what you do really does matter, and it's one of the reasons why Ranger Ready has been successful.
Hayes: I love hearing that this product is designed by outdoorsmen because then we know that you know what we're looking for when we're out hunting and fishing.
Fuentes: Ranger Ready makes two great products. The first is body-worn (Picaridin 20%) repellent. We worked really hard to make a repellent that people actually wanted to wear. We learned through our research that people are reluctant to wear DEET and we just didn't think it had a long-term future in protecting our future generations, especially kids. So, we developed a product with Picaridin 20%, which has been available in Europe for over 30 years. It's an active, leading repellent around the world and protects you for 12-hours against ticks and mosquitos and 8-hours against biting flies (and other biting bugs). The second part of it is to wear (Scent Zero) clothing-worn repellent with Permethrin 0.5% since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you wear both. You wear Permethrin on your clothing, shoes, and camping or hunting gear. This gives you 30 days of protection from ticks and mosquitoes, and you can also wash your clothing up to 5 times during that period. It's an excellent choice for hunters to use without having to worry about scent.
Hayes: The no scent was music to my ears, especially for bow hunting season. So how does Ranger Ready Scent Zero work so well?
Fuentes: All of our products are inspired by consumers, people who tell us what they want. Hunters explained that they just don't want to smell like anything, but that they need protection from ticks when they're out in the field or the forest. We developed a product called Scent Zero, which actually masks all of the repellent scents. It suppresses the scent. That's why Scent Zero was invented and why hunters have been raving about it.