Advice by Proxim - Ralph Mokbel

Insect repellents

This article will discuss a topic that will probably help you pass a better summer: insect repellents (and God knows how common they are around here). First of all, most insect repellents repel insects, although some actually kill them. Insect repellents containing DEET repel mosquitoes, ticks and other arthropodes. You should never use a DEET product with a concentration over 30%, since the incidence of toxic effetcs in that concentration is far more important than any gain in efficacy. You should always read the product label carefully.

1) Apply a light layer of insect repellent to exposed skin and clothing

2) Do not apply DEET products with a concentration over 30% directly on the skin. Reserve these high-concentration repellents only for clothing

3) Do not apply insect repellents to mucosa or near the eyes. Do not ingest or inhale.

4) Wear pale shirts with the long sleeves and long pants

5) Pregnant and breast-feeding women as well as children 12 years old and older can safely use DEET-based insect repellents

6) Do not apply a DEET-based insect repellent to children younger than 2 years old unless there is a high risk of complications from an insect bite. In those cases, and only for children older than 6 months, you may use a product with 10% DEET or less, but only once a day

7) For children older than 2 years, the maximum recommended DEET concentration is 10% and no more than 3 applications per day

8) Avoid applying repellents to the hands and face of children because of the risk of contact with mouth or eyes

9) Do not apply insect repellents to wounds

10) Wash the skin when you go back indoors



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