insect repellent

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insect repellent,

substance applied to the skin in order to provide protection against biting insects, primarily mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, and certain flies. The most effective such substance is DEETDEET
or N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide,
C12H17ON, nearly odorless, colorless to clear yellow oily liquid that boils at 111°C;. DEET was developed by the U.S.
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 (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), which blocks insect odor receptors for several compounds in human sweat. DEET is a common ingredient in many commercially available insect repellents; picaridin is also effective. Citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, soybean oil, and other substances also repel biting insects, although they are typically effective for a much shorter period of time than DEET is. Permethrin, a persistent contact insecticide that is poorly absorbed by humans, is used to treat clothing, bedding, and the like to protect against mosquitoes and ticks. The use of insect repellents is often recommended in certain locales because it reduces the likelihood of acquiring malaria, Lyme disease, and other infections spread by biting insects. Repellents do not protect against bees and other stinging insects.
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A good way of comparing the natural and organic to a chemical is in things like bug repellents.
The Deet-Free Bug Repellent, for example, is designed to repel mosquitoes safely for an average of two hours and can be used frequently through the course of the day.
Similarly, the Gentle Naturals bug repellent is formulated with such naturally occurring insect repellents as soybean oil, cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil and geranium oil.
Skintastic, is safe to use on children if it is washed off at the end of the day; don't let children go to bed with the bug repellent on their skin, Dr.
I think it's the only bug repellent material that can be added to clothing," said Marc Lancy, assistant manager at McKenzie Outfitters in downtown Eugene.
DEET-free bug repellent contains ingredients such as citronella, neem, eucalyptus, lemon grass, lavender and tea tree essential oils to keep insects at bay.
First you shampoo it and spray it with bug repellent to keep away carpet beetles and moths," says Joe Kulis, a taxidermist (specialist in the lifelike preservation of dead animals).
Choosing the best bug repellent may be especially important this year.
In the past, the careers featured have been largely creative (cartoonist, puppeteer, animator), although a few have been downright scientific (meteorologist, bug repellent chemist).
Each team also received a backpack containing ropes, a snake bite kit, bug repellent, water, a compass, binoculars and handcuffs (for the fugitive).