Bug repellent safety

Definition

A bug repellent is a substance that is applied to the skin or clothing to protect you against biting insects.

Information

The safest bug repellent is to wear proper clothing.

Even with proper clothing, when visiting an area with many insects, bug repellents such as those containing DEET or picaridin should be used.

To avoid toxicity from insect repellents:


Review Date: 5/17/2019
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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