insect repellent

(redirected from Bug spray)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.

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.
..... Click the link for more information.
 (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.
References in periodicals archive ?
You've hung the cast-iron pots set out the flashlights and bug spray arranged the geological survey maps that we might be Bat Mitzvah girls grown and hiking up Monadnock For the children a giant rope swing above the mowing and a drawer filled with spangles and scissors and glue An industrious mess pleases you who loves the order of wicker chair and bookcase wood stove and bench You are the spirit of this cabin with a footed bathtub an old Webster's doors studded with black latches we lift and drop for the satisfying music We could be our grandmothers in a Ukrainian hermitage The pogroms are still years away Not rifles but rucksacks stream through the woods-- See how your hand invites the imagination inside to feed?
Seventy-nine percent said they remembered ads saying that cigarettes contain the same ingredients as bug spray, formaldehyde and cyanide.
The woman downstairs--The Hole's nameless, allegorical pair suggest the living dead risen from Dennis Potter's field--zaps the prying eye with bug spray.
Campers bring many things with them to camp: sleeping bags, clothing, sunscreen, and bug spray.
Stores benefit from impulse sales when snack cakes are displayed in the coffee department, bug spray with hunting gear, tissues with cold medicine, even flashlights with Halloween costumes.
What about the woodsmoke and the bug spray and the paper plate that gets all soggy and falls apart?
Servicemen have been marching in uniforms treated with permethrin ever since it was discovered the bug spray protected them against ticks and mosquitoes.
Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray.
Consumers are already big users of aerosols: Among household products available on the market today in aerosol form, air freshener (62 percent), bug spray (52 percent), non-stick food spray (51 percent) and furniture polish (35 percent) were the most commonly used items.
Long pants are recommended, as is weather-appropriate gear, bug spray, sunscreen, water and snacks.
The source said the site of the incident was a warehouse storing bug spray cans, safety shoes, chemicals, plastic materials, and cartons.