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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Not effective: You can sure try it, but I do not believe that it is effective....(though you may smell a little fresher). The studies I have seen do not show that any of the home remedies are very effective at thwarting mosquitoes. Otc products containing deet work the best, though some people believe deet can be harmful. I personally use it, and will take that risk over the bites and associated problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Has anyone heard of using a bounce dryer sheet in your pocket as an insect repellant? Is that a myth?
Myth: It is a myth.Get a more detailed answer ›
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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