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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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Make a homemade insect repellent body splash by adding five drops of lavender oil to four tablespoons water and two teaspoons of rubbing alcohol.
We recommend that parents choose an insect repellent that is as non-toxic as possible, as well as protecting children by reducing the amount of exposed skin that must be treated with repellent," said Christopher Gavigan, CEO/Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, Healthy Child Healthy World, which offers credible information and expertise to help create healthy environments for families and children.
Consider plant-based products that contain the insect repellent found in eucalyptus plants as another alternative for the family -- Parents should apply repellent to children - avoid applying to children's hands, eyes and mouth.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revised its recommendations on insect repellents that provide effective protection against mosquitoes that may transmit the West Nile virus.
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Yes, in fact, research published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that insect repellents containing DEET provided the most complete protection for the longest duration among the repellents tested.
LOUIS, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Rayovac announced today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its recommendations on insect repellents to use for effective protection against mosquitoes that may transmit the West Nile virus.
R) Botanicals(TM) insect repellent, which uses a plant-based repellent ingredient (3, 8-diol) found in eucalyptus plants.
One final point: It is also worth remembering that no insect repellent is very effective against stinging insects like bees, yellow jackets and other wasps and fire ants.
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So county officials are urging residents to protect themselves by getting rid of stagnant water, installing window and door screens, and wearing protective clothing and insect repellent.