Fight the Zika Virus with These Top-Rated Sprays

With summertime in full swing, you've probably been applying (and re-applying) bug spray every time you step outside. According to the Arkansas Department of Health website, Arkansas has the kind of mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus. That means mosquitoes here in Arkansas could become infected with the virus if they bite someone who has Zika.

The ADH has reported 18 cases of travel-associated Zika virus cases (meaning people were bitten by a Zika-carrying mosquito outside of Arkansas and returned home with the disease). But luckily there have been no local cases of Zika here in Arkansas.  

Since the mere thought of contracting the Zika virus can be pretty scary, the ADH recommends the following methods of prevention:

  • using bug spray containing DEET*, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers
  • using air conditioning or window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside
  • reducing the number of mosquitoes inside and outside your home by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots or buckets (mosquitoes can breed in as little amount of water as a bottle cap!)

Without further ado, here are the top Zika-repelling bug sprays as recommended by a study conducted by the Consumer Reports:

  1. Sawyer's Fisherman's Formula Picaridin 
    For those concerned about using DEET, picaridin is a great alternative. This spray is virtually odorless, is safe to use on kids and during pregnancy and lasts for up to 8 hours — and it got top marks in the Consumer Reports testing. You can find it at Walmart, Target and Cabela's.

  2. Ben's 30% DEET Tick & Insect Wilderness Formula
    Ben's does contain DEET, but only the minimum DEET concentration recommended by the CDC for protection against mosquitos, ticks and biting insects. The spray offers 8 hours of protection and the water-based formula stays on skin's surface rather than being absorbed. You can find it at Walmart, Cabela's and

  3. Natrapel 8 Hour, with 20 percent picaridin
    This non-DEET alternative offers 8 hour protection in a spray bottle for easy application. This formula is safe to use around synthetic clothing and will not harm gear. You can find it at Walgreens, Dick's Sporting Goods and REI.

  4. Off! Deepwoods VIII, with 25 percent DEET
    With 25 percent DEET included, Off! Deepwoods VIII provides long-lasting protection with a non-greasy formula keeping all the creepy crawlies at bay. You can find it Target, Walmart and

  5. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus, with 30 percent lemon eucalyptus
    Repel's Lemon Eucalyptus forumla has a cool, refreshing smell while keeping mosquitoes and other unsavory bugs at bay for up to 6 hours. The formula also contains Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, an ingredient recommended by the ADH. You can get it at Amazon, Target and Walmart.

*While DEET has been known to have negative side effects, the topic is controversial. Some users claim to have experienced symptoms such as headaches and rashes after using. However, the upside to DEET is that it's super effective, providing the most complete and long-lasting protection from mosquitoes. For more on DEET, click here


We're Smitten: Favorites from Your Fall/Winter 2017 Issue of Arkansas Bride

While creating this very special His & Hers edition of Arkansas Bride, we fell hard for these unique groom's ideas and goodies.

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The Ultimate Wedding Gift

Give him a present he’ll keep for happily ever after — one that’s also a great way to keep track of the precious time you’ll cherish together.

We think the black and rose gold Tag Heuer Carrera from Sissy’s Log Cabin in Little Rock is the perfect choice for a wedding day surprise.

              Skytouche Photos

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Sharp-Dressed Grooms

More and more grooms are starting to express their personal style on the day of their weddings, and we love it.

Throughout this issue, we spotlight grooms with great taste, including Cordell Piggee, whose Little Rock wedding is featured in this edition.

On the Blog
Silicone Wedding Bands

Is your man outdoors-y? An adventure seeker? Travel fiend? Workout junkie?

If so, get him one of these cool silicone wedding bands by Qalo (Romance Diamond Co. Jewelers in Fayetteville). He can swap his real ring out for one of these unique bands – they're ultra durable – whenever he's on the go!

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Rockin’ it!

Time to mix it up with one of these unique boutonnières featuring cool crystals and geodes. Petal Chik of Little Rock dreamt this up for our boutonnière special.

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Honey Do

The groom is often overlooked in the shower and registry department, which is why we’re totally obsessed with the idea of hosting him a honey-do shower, complete with tools, gadgets and supplies that’ll have him ready to roll as “man of the house.”




Smitten Watch

Arkansas Bride: Katie Eagle

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Corning native Katie Gipson and Brad Eagle of Star City have officially tied the knot! The two were married on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Katie's Low's dress and Petal Chik bouquet are only mere glimpses into how gorgeous the wedding itself was! Congrats, you two! 

The Details

Photography: Sterling Imageworks, North Little Rock
Bridal boutique: Low's Bridal & Formal, Brinkley
Bouquet: Petal Chik Designs, Little Rock
Venue: Goodwin Manor, Little Rock
Makeup: Jessica Humerick, Little Rock
Hair: Summer Campbell with Fringe Salon, Little Rock

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Katie Eagle bridals
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Don't Wait! Submit your Real Weddings & Styled Shoots Now!

Erika Dotson Photography

It's an exciting time at Arkansas Bride! We are still excited about last month's debut of our new 2017 Fall/Winter issue, and we are in the midst of planning for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2018 edition.

Do you know what that means?

It's time to submit your real weddings, styled shoots and editors favorites for a chance to be featured in the next issue! 

Just like Arkansas bride Kelsey Dacus (pictured above), who was featured in our current issue, you too could be the envy of all your friends by being on the pages of the next edition. 

Deadline is August 28 for... 

  • Real Weddings: 
    • For instructions on how to submit your Real Wedding, click here.
    • Remember, we're only accepting weddings that took place after Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Styled Shoots: 
    • For full instructions on how to submit your Styled Shoots, click here.
  • Editor's Favorites: 
    • For full instructions on how to submit photos as Editor's favorites, click here.
    • Remember, these are handpicked by our team, and we love photos of timeless moments, memorable kisses, lovely landscapes, bridal beauty, great getaways, fantastic first dances and wedding pets. 


  • Remember, do not submit anything already featured in another Arkansas publication. We only feature exclusive content in print.

There is never a deadline for...

  • Blog submissions: If you submit a real wedding or styled shoot for print and we can't use it, we just might use it on the blog! Or you can send submissions year-round to be featured on the blog - from engagements and bridals to endless real weddings! Here's how to submit for the blog.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

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