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Choosing and Using Insect Repellents

Insect repellents can help reduce your risk of being bitten by insects and therefore reduce your risk of getting a disease carried by mosquitoes or ticks. Numerous products are available to repel mosquitoes and ticks. Sometimes, it can be difficult to decide which product to use when you are planning to be outdoors. The information below and our Insect Repellent Locator can be useful when deciding on insect repellents.

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Using Insect Repellents:

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Children and Insect Repellents:

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Comparing Efficacy of DEET and Other Insect Repellents

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DEET Use and Safety Information

Children and Pregnant/Nursing Women

DEET and Sunscreen

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Insect Repellent Toxicology

DEET

IR 3535

Oil of Citronella (Citronella Oil)

Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

Permethrin

Picaridin

Soybean Oil

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If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated August 14, 2014