Bug Spray

What About Bug Spray?

Deet in Children over 2 months

  1. 10% concentration is as safe as products with 30% concentration ‐ when used according to the directions on the product label.
  2. Deet containing products are the most effective mosquito and tick repellent.
  3. 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.

Other Precautions

  • 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.
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