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and lavender oil?
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der and citronella oil repellents regis-
tered in Canada protect people against
most bites for less
than one hour.
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DEET Products DEET Use on Adults
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
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.