Products sold as repellents that don't work well to prevent bites
There are other products advertised as
mosquito repellents that don't effectively prevent mosquito bites. These
Electronic (sometimes called ultrasonic)
Electrocuting devices, which are often called "bug
Taking thiamine (vitamin
Skin moisturizers that don't contain approved
Wrist, ankle, and neck bands that contain
repellents, such as DEET or citronella.
How to use insect repellent safely
Read and follow all instructions on the label. The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) recommends the following precautions for using insect
Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing
as directed on the product label. Do not use under clothing.
apply a repellent to cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
Do not apply
to the eyes and mouth, and apply sparingly around the ears. When using sprays, do
not spray directly into your face. Spray on your hand first, and then apply to
Do not allow your child to handle the product, and don't apply
the repellent to your child's hands. When using a repellent on your child,
apply it to your hands and then put it on the child.
Do not spray in
enclosed areas, such as inside a car. Avoid breathing a repellent spray, and do
not use it near food.
Use just enough repellent to cover exposed
skin or clothing. Heavy application and saturation generally isn't necessary for
effectiveness. If biting insects don't respond to a thin film, apply a bit
After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and
water and then bathe. This is particularly important when repellents are used
repeatedly in a day or several days in a row. Also, wash treated clothing
before you wear it again.
If you think you or your child may be having a reaction to an insect repellent, stop using the repellent, wash treated
skin, and call your doctor or local poison control center. If you see your doctor, take the repellent with you.