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Do the DEET

Still considered the “gold standard” of insect repellents

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Despite recent debate about the health risks associated with DEET-based bug repellents, recent articles encourage its use. In its April issue, the Journal of Travel Medicine stated that DEET is the “gold standard” of repellents and a “key strategy” in fighting bites from mosquitoes, ticks and anthropods. The July issue of Consumer Reports includes four DEET-based repellents in its top six choices of bug sprays (picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus round out the list). Even the American Academy of Pediatrics has approved the use of repellents containing 30 per cent DEET for children as young as two months old.

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