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How do mosquito repellents work?

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A mosquito repellent doesn't actually kill mosquitoes. Repellents work by making people less attractive to mosquitoes, so they're less likely to bite you.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says mosquito repellents that contain DEET or picaridin are safe for adults and children over the age of 2 months, when used correctly.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Insects and Arthropods;" "Insect Repellent Use and Safety;" and "Updated Information Regarding Insect Repellents."

Environmental Protection Agency: "Using Insect Repellent Safely;" "Insect Repellents: Use and Effectiveness;" and "Other Preventive Actions to Avoid Getting Bitten."

Flyrepellent.org: "Homemade Mosquito Repellent."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Insect Repellents."

University of Florida: "Insect Repellents."

Fradin, M. and Day, J. July 2002. New England Journal of Medicine,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Insects and Arthropods;" "Insect Repellent Use and Safety;" and "Updated Information Regarding Insect Repellents."

Environmental Protection Agency: "Using Insect Repellent Safely;" "Insect Repellents: Use and Effectiveness;" and "Other Preventive Actions to Avoid Getting Bitten."

Flyrepellent.org: "Homemade Mosquito Repellent."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Insect Repellents."

University of Florida: "Insect Repellents."

Fradin, M. and Day, J. July 2002. New England Journal of Medicine,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2019

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