Why bother to use any bug repellent at all?
What You Do Need to Know About the Most Common Bug Repellents and DEET
- One third of Americans per year use bug repellents with the active ingredient or pesticide, DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) also known by other names and in hundreds of products.
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that repellents with DEET not be used on infants less than 2 months old. They also recommend using the lowest possible concentration of DEET for children. AAP indicated concentrations of 10% appear to be as safe as products with a concentration of 30% when used according to the directions on the products label.
- Do not apply repellent with DEET more than once a day for children older than two months of age. Do not put on children’s hands or face. You do not want the child to ingest the repellent.
- When coming indoors after use of any repellent, always thoroughly wash the repellent off. This is one most people don’t think to do—including me.
- Beware of drinking alcohol and using any DEET repellent. The alcohol may cause the skin to absorb much more DEET concentrate than you want.
- According to Dr. Abou-Donia, who has studied pesticides and their impact on the public for 30 years—NEVER use DEET on infants or combine with other insecticides, sunscreens, or over the counter antihistamines. As you can see, he disagrees with the AAP in the use of any DEET products on infants. Read about the research and the neurological implications in the use of DEET. You might be surprised. Beyond Pesticides
Relax–There Are Natural Bug Repellents Out There
Other Bug-Repellent Measures You May Want to Consider:
- Some people advise adding B1 to their daily regimen of vitamins. Check with your doctor on how much to use.
- Plant marigolds around your patio or areas where you don’t want mosquitoes. They hate the smell of marigolds!
- Make sure outside basins or pots are emptied of any unused water that may attract mosquitoes.
- Be aware that the heaviest concentration of mosquitoes occurs at dusk and dawn. The mosquito is a night-time flyer. You may decide to limit your activities outside during those times. Some areas of the country though also have problems during daytime hours, depending on where you live.
- Some information even says to avoid bananas during mosquito season since there is something in bananas that attracts the bug.