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What is the Most Effective Mosquito Repellent in Central TN?

Mosquito repellents come in many different forms. There are topical repellents to be applied to the skin, repellents for clothing, and airborne repellents. Whichever mosquito repellents you choose, there’s a good chance they’ll contain either DEET or picaridin.

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Comparing Picaridin and DEET for Mosquitoes

DEET is tried and tested as an insect repellent. It was developed by the Department of Agriculture in 1944 and has been the gold standard since. Picaridin is relatively new. Tests seem to suggest that they’re equally effective at repelling insects, with DEET having a slight edge when it comes to ticks, and picaridin offering better protection against flies.

Here’s the pros and cons of both mosquito repellents:

  • Repellents with concentrations of DEET between 10 and 30% have proven to provide up to 12 hours of protection against mosquitoes. DEET is said to cause skin irritation in some, and has been the subject of some scrutiny and debate, but it is approved for use by the EPA. If you’re concerned about using DEET products, consult with your doctor.
  • Picaridin was developed by Bayer and approved for use in 2020. It has comparable protection against mosquitoes as DEET, but is considered to be the most effective against flies. There don’t appear to be issues with picaridin causing skin irritation, but it’s still a relatively new product.

How Safe Are Mosquito Repellents?

If you see a product has been approved by the EPA, it’s fair to say that it’s been rigorously tested and safe. When using a mosquito repellent, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label. Talk with your pediatrician about the use of mosquito repellents on children and discuss any other concerns with your doctor. When applied as directed, mosquito repellents are safe for you and your family.

Never ingest mosquito repellent for any reason.

How to Use Mosquito Repellent

Follow the instructions on the product label. These are highly powerful products and you should not divert from the instructions under any circumstances.

Some products will require reapplication after a period of time to ensure continued effectiveness. It is recommended to do skin patch tests to ensure you have no reaction to your chosen repellent. When in doubt, chat with a medical professional about the use of mosquito repellents. 

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