What About Bug Spray?
Deet in Children over 2 months
- 10% concentration is as safe as products with 30% concentration ‐ when used according to the directions on the product label.
- Deet containing products are the most effective mosquito and tick repellent.
- The major difference in usefulness of products relates to their duration of action.
- Products with concentration around 10% are effective for periods of approximately 2 hours. As the concentration increases, the duration increases; a concentration of about 24% has been shown to provide an average of 5 hours of protection.
- It is wise to select the lowest concentration of Deet for the amount of time spent outdoors.
- Deet should only be applied once a day.
- Deet should not be used in a product that combines the repellent with a sunscreen.
- Deet is not water soluble.
- Apply Deet sparingly on exposed skin; do not use under clothes.
- Do not use Deet on the hands of young children; avoid applying to areas around the eyes and mouth.
- Do not use Deet over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin. Wash treated skin with soap and water after returning indoors; wash treated clothes.
- Do not use Deet near food, or in enclosed areas.
- Deet is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.