Insect Repellents

Wearing repellent correctly is the most effective way to prevent mosquito bites and any vector-borne disease but don’t be fooled by the brand. Not every ingredient is recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Use one of the recommended ingredients at 15% or higher for long lasting protection. Enjoy the outdoors and stay bite-free!

Look for ONE of these Active Ingredients

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DEET

DEET-based repellents have provided dependable protection since the 1950s. DEET is the active ingredient in many repellent products and is widely used to repel biting pests such as mosquitoes and ticks. Repellents containing DEET are available in a variety of forms including sprays, lotions, and wipes. DEET is the most effective and best studied repellent ingredient available.

For Ages: 2 months and up

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Picaridin

Picaridin is a synthetic repellent developed In the 1990s that has been commercially available in the United States since 2005. For many people, Picaridin is an effective alternative to DEET because it provides long-lasting, effective protection. Picaridin is generally odorless and colorless, allowing many brands to offer pleasantly-scented options.

For Ages: 2 months and up

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Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD

Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is a natural plant–based repellent that is derived from the oil of the leaves of the Eucalyptus citidora tree. Repellents containing Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus tend to have a strong botanical smell and are available in a wide variety of formulations, including pump sprays and lotions.

For Ages: Over 3 years

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IR3535®

IR3535®, also called Merck 3535, is registered with the EPA as a biopesticide, but has been used as a synthetic repellent in Europe for over 20 years with no significant harmful effects. IR3535® was approved for use in the United States in 1999, and is currently available in aerosol, pump sprays and wipes. While EPA recognizes the use of IR3535® as safe for adults and children, be advised that it is an eye irritant.

For Ages: Over 6 months

Please consult your pediatrician before applying on children. Remember to apply as recommended on the label. Visit the CDC’s website for more information on these EPA-approved ingredients.