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What is a natural insect repellant? Is it any safer than chemical stuff?

What is a natural insect repellant?  Is it any safer than chemical stuff?

Lasts only 2 hours: Citronella, neem or soybean oil are approved by epa but are only effective for 2 hours. They need to be reapplied frequently. Chemical with deer work for four hours. ...Read more

Insect Repellant (Definition)

Insect repellents are considered safe to use after 2 months of age. The CDC has established that products containing DEET, picaridin, or citronella are generally safe, however, products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children younger than 3 years old. Avoid applying near the mouth ...Read more


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Does anyone have an effective 100% all natural insect repellant that they recommend? Any ideas?

Does anyone have an effective 100% all natural insect repellant that they recommend?  Any ideas?

INSECT REPELLENTS: As far as natural repellents are concerned, plant-derived insect repellents yield short-lasting protection, lasting from a few minutes to as long as 2 hours. Examples are citronella, soybean and eucalyptus oils; of the 3, eucalyptus (pmd) works best. In a 6-hour field study, 20% pmd prevented bites as well as a 20% deet. Marketed products include repel oil of eucalyptus repellent, off! botanical, . ...Read more

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Are there any natural insect repellants?

Are there any natural insect repellants?

Yes, sort of.: There are many websites devoted to this. Common natural repellants are lemon eucalyptus oil, citronella, thyme, fennel, clove oil, b-1 vitamins and others. I personally find that deet, common to most commerical repellants, works better, but some people have concerns about this chemical. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about using insect repellant on my child?

What do I need to know about using insect repellant on my child?

Avoid sprayin hands: Effective repellants use deet & concentrations from 10-30% are commonly available. This is a toxic material and application to the hands should be avoided. Aap recomends 10% or less in infants & children; however, hourly application is often needed to maintain effectiveness.Deet is not recommended < 2mo/age or over wide areas.Higher potency deet may be applied to clothing & provide a halo effect. ...Read more

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What is the most effective insect repellant on the market today?

INSECT REPELLENTS: Deet remains the criterion standard of currently available insect repellents. Marketed products include off!, cutter, repel, sawyer, ben's, and ultrathon. For most uses, choose a repellent with 5-35% deet. Repellents can be safely applied lightly to exposed skin or clothing. In your case, apply deet in a small area of skin first watching for any signs of irritation before using over a wider area. ...Read more

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Are there negative effects associated with insect repellant?

Yes: There can be serious side effects associated with some insect repellents. Specifically, deet, which is in many repellents and has been on the market since 1956, can cause problems if not used correctly. Reported severe reactions have included seizures and death (after ingestion). The cdc recommends: use sparingly & never on wounds, low conc in kids, no ingest/inhaling, apply to clothing if can. ...Read more

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At what age can insect repellant with Deet safely be used on children?

At what age can insect repellant with Deet safely be used on children?

Chemicals on skin: Although the info'mercials say it is safe over 2 months of age (See: http://kidshealth.org/parent/question/general/repellent.html) I'd use extreme caution for infants as their skin is quite permeable. Remember Thalidomide; irradiating thymus glands for croup; and that live fluoroscope in the shoe store?!? ...Read more

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Anyone know of an effective insect repellant that does not contain deet?

Anyone know of an effective insect repellant that does not contain deet?

Non DEET Ideas: Picardin has received increasing positive attention in the US (used in other countries x 20years. Picardin is especially good against flies. In the US, it probably missed out at first because we were using incorrect dosing. Picardin 20 is very good, doesn't melt plastic, not neuro toxic, no strong odor but has NOT been around as long as DEET. Picradin in US since 2005, in Europe since 1980's. ...Read more

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When can I use baby powder, baby lotion and insect repellant lotion on my baby? She's 1 1/2 month now..

Read on: U can use baby powder as long as it does not contain talc just a bit in diaper area not so much , baby lotion is ok if u mean moisturizer i like hypoallergenic no scent, good for skin as well as just massaging body , insect repellent. Never. ...Read more

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Will insect repellant keep me from ricks that can give me rocky mountain fever?

Will insect repellant keep me from ricks that can give me rocky mountain fever?

Yes: Insect repellents containing deet (such as off!) do repel ticks. How well a repellent works depends on the amount of deet on the person's clothing or skin, and on how complete the coverage is (whether or not the person missed some spots). Too much deet can be toxic to babies and small children. Clothing that has Permethrin impregnated into the fabric may also help prevent tick bites. ...Read more

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Anyone ever tried insect-repellant wrist bands? Are they good or just another scam?

Not effective: While the manufactures would like you to think these wrist bands are terrific, I do not find that they work well. Deet containing lotion or spray repellents are the most effective. The higher the deet content, the better the results. ...Read more

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Does the original avon skin so soft lotion work as an insect repellant? I heard it does and it doesn't.

Does the original avon skin so soft lotion work as an insect repellant?  I heard it does and it doesn't.

Insect repellent: Testing by the usda in the 1970s, avon's skin-so-soft (sss) provided only 6-75 minutes of complete protection against mosquito bites. In one laboratory comparative study of the efficacy of insect repellents against mosquito bites, sss provided an average complete protection time of only 23 minutes. A 2008 study showed protection times up to 10 hours against mosquitoes. Still not as good as deet. ...Read more

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Can vitamin b1 be used as an insect repellant?

Can vitamin b1 be used as an insect repellant?

Natural bug repeller: Vitamin b1, thiamine, has been reported to change the body odor making humans less appealing to insects. The minimal data is old and not well controlled, so i can not vouch for it's truth. ...Read more

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Can insect repellant reduce my chances of getting infected by bacteria transmitted from a bite?

Fewer bites better : The purpose of an insect repellent is to make you less "appealing" to biting insects. They do nothing to directly limit infection transmission. But fewer stings decease your odds of being stung by an infected insect. ...Read more

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What insect repellant should I use if I tend to have sensitive skin (gets rashes easily)?

What insect repellant should I use if I tend to have sensitive skin (gets rashes easily)?

INSECT REPELLENTS: Deet remains the criterion standard of currently available insect repellents. Marketed products include off!, cutter, repel, sawyer, ben's, and ultrathon. For most uses, choose a repellent with 5-35% deet. Repellents can be safely applied lightly to exposed skin or clothing. In your case, apply deet in a small area of skin first watching for any signs of irritation before using over a wider area. ...Read more