DEET is used in insect repellents that are applied directly to the skin to repel mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, and other biting pests. These repellents may be sprays, foams, or wipes. They can help prevent disease, but they must be used correctly. Always read and follow the label directions.
- Labels often require users to wash the treated areas after going indoors.
- DEET should not be used on babies less than 2 months old, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Research has shown that products with lower concentrations of DEET provide protection for shorter periods of time.
- Read more about about using DEET safely.
If you have questions about DEET, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (7:30am-3:30pm PST), or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.