Repellent Beats the Bite

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A new report issued by the Environmental Working Group brings together data on the effectiveness and safety of various insect repellents.

The data, gathered from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), show four repellent ingredients that are effective at keeping insects at bay: picaridin, DEET, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus.

The report states that these repellents are safe for children when users follow application instructions. Insect repellant should be applied to deter mosquitoes and ticks, which can spread such infectious diseases as West Nile virus and Lyme disease.