What’s the best mosquito repellent to use?

Scientific studies have shown the mosquito-repelling effectiveness of the chemical N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, which is better known by the acronym DEET. Although people have reported good results with other options ranging from cosmetics to home remedies, DEET is a widely available compound with a strong scientific track record that says it works.

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Figure 1. Bloodfeeding female black salt marsh mosquito, Aedes taeniorhynchus.

Photograph by Sean McCann, University of Florida.

Learn more about selecting and using products containing DEET. Also, remember to always read and follow label directions when using insect repellents. If you suspect that you’re having a bad reaction to DEET, then stop use of all products containing DEET and seek medical treatment if needed.

 

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