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					                                                                                                               Insect Repellent
       How effective are citronella
           and lavender oil?
                                                                    CU Healthy

The re-evaluation of citronella and laven-


der oil is currently under                       HCS wantsTeamCU Healthy! Theachieve Promo-
                                                 through our:
                                                              tion
                                                                   to
                                                                      at HCS tries to
                                                                                      Health
                                                                                             this

                                                   •   Resource Centre
way. It is recommended                             •   Student Peer Interns
                                                   •   Health Promotion Advisory Committee
that personal insect repel-                        •   Website (carleton.ca/health)
                                                   •   Facebook page
lents such as citronella and                       •   Newsletters, class presentations, workshops and
                                                       more . . .

oil of lavender not be used                        The Health Promotion Team promotes healthy lifestyles
                                                     and wellness and can provide you with information
                                                    about stress, colds, nutrition, sexuality, alcohol, etc.
on children under 2 years of age. Laven-            Contact the Resource Centre for more information at
                                                    613-520-2600 ext. 6544 or cu_healthy@carleton.ca.

der and citronella oil repellents regis-


tered in Canada protect people against


                       most bites for less


                       than one hour.


                       The information in this
                       pamphlet was produced
                         by Health Canada,
                        Population and Public                                                                      2600 CTTC Building
                       Health Branch (PPHB).                         2600 CTTC Building                               613-520-6674
                          http://www.hc-                                613-520-6674
                               sc.gc.ca                              carleton.ca/health
                                                                                                                  carleton.ca/health
                                                                          DEET Products                                                             DEET Use on Adults
                  Safety Tips
                                                                                                                                    Products containing no more than 30% concentration of
                                                                             DEET Use on Children
•   Always read the entire label carefully before                                                                                   DEET will normally provide adults

    using.                                                   Although current labels on insect repellents containing DEET state
                                                                                                                                    with sufficient protection. Studies

                                                             that these products are not to be used                                 have shown that products with lower
•   Do not get in eyes.
                                                             on children under the age of 2 years                                   concentrations of DEET are just as
•   Do not use the repellent on open wounds.
                                                             (infants or toddlers), in light of a re-                               effective as the high concentration
•   Avoid breathing spray mists and never apply sprays       evaluation of DEET (which included                                     products, but they remain effective for shorter periods of
    inside a tent. Do not use near food.                     input from the Canadian Pediatric Soci-                                time.
                                                             ety), it is now recommended that:
•   Wash treated skin with soap                                                                                                             30% DEET will provide 6.5 hours of protection
                                                             •    On children under 6 months of age
    and water when you return                                                                                                               15% DEET will provide 5 hours of protection
    indoors or when protection                                   insect repellents containing DEET should still not be used.
                                                                                                                                                                    10% DEET will provide ap-
    is no longer needed.                                     •    On children aged 6 months to 2 years
                                                                                                                                                                    proximately 3 hours of pro-
•   Avoid applying repellent to children’s hands to re-          the use of 1 application per day may be considered in situations
                                                                                                                                                                              tection
    duce the chance of getting repellent in their eyes and   where high risk of complications from insect bites exist.
                                                                                                                                                                    5% DEET will provide ap-
    mouths.                                                      the product may be applied sparingly and not be applied to
                                                                                                                                                                    proximately 2 hours of pro-
                                                             the face and hands.
Choosing a Product                                                                                                                                             tection
                                                                 only the least concentrated product (10% DEET or less)
If you plan to be out for a short period of time, choose a
                                                             should be used.                                                        •   Products that contain DEET alone are sufficient. Other
product with a lower concentration of repellent.
                                                                                                                                        ingredients do not appear to offer any added protec-
                                                                 prolonged use should be avoided.
Use only personal insect repellents that are registered in                                                                              tion from mosquito bites.
                                                             •    On children between 2 and 12 years of age
Canada. Never use a product labelled as an insec-
                                                                                                                                    •   There is no indication that there is a hazard to the un-
ticide on your body. Products used solely as insect              the least concentrated product (10% DEET or less) should be
                                                                                                                                        born or nursing child associated with the use of DEET
repellent are recommended.                                   used and sparingly applied.
                                                                                                                                        by pregnant or lactating women.

				
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