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About Repellents

Stop mosquito, flea, and tick bites

Your Days as a Mosquito Buffet are Over

Prepare to hit the outdoors-- without being a mosquito's favorite snack.

While the repellent options seem endless, not every repellent is CDC-recommended. Choose one of the four active ingredients below to stay protected from biting insects and the diseases they can transmit!

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DEET–based repellents are the most effective and best-studied repellents available. In fact, they've provided effective and dependable protection since the 1950s. Available in different concentrations (which all repel insects equally well for the length of time they are needed), DEET repellents come in a variety of forms, including aerosol and pump sprays, as well as wipes. 

Not a fan of DEET? Keep scrolling for more effective options!


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IR3535®, also called Merck 3535, is registered with the EPA as a biopesticide, meaning it functions as a naturally occuring amino acid. This synthetic repellent has been used in Europe for over 20 years, and was approved for use in the United States in 1999. It's currently available in aerosol, pump spray, and wipe forms. The EPA recognizes the use of IR3535® as safe for adults and children, with caution that it is an eye irritant.

Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD

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Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (or PMD) is a natural, plant–based repellent derived from the oil of the leaves of the Eucalyptus citidora tree. Repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus provide similar protection to those with low concentrations of DEET. These products tend to have a strong botanical smell and are available in a wide variety of formulations, including pump sprays and lotions.

Picaridin/KBR 3023

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Picaridin is a synthetic repllent that mimics piperine, a natural compound found in black pepper plants. I was developed in the 1990s, and has been commercially available in the United States since 2005. Picaridin is colorless, nearly odorless, and is available in multiple formulations. It provides long–lasting, effective protection similar to that of products containing identical concentrations of DEET.


Always read your repellent's directions before applying.

Please consult with a pediatrician before applying any products on young children.


Sunscreen and Repellent

Block the bite, and the blaze.

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More info found on the CDC website.