Repellents

Use insect repellent when you are outdoors. Through their bites, mosquitoes and ticks can transmit serious diseases causing illness, permanent disability or death. Mosquito Control reminds residents to always read and follow label directions. If using a sunscreen, apply repellent after sunscreen. Read Updated information about repellents.

Repellents for application to exposed skin:

  • Picaridin
    Repels both mosquito and ticks and is low odor and non-irritating
    10% protects for 4 hours; 20% protects for 8 hours
    Does not damage plastic or fabrics
  • DEET
    Repels both mosquitoes and ticks
    10% protects for 4 hours; 20% protects for 8 hours
    Use lower concentration on children; avoid eye (it is a strong irritant)
    Melts plastic and damages some fabrics
  • IR-3535
    Repels mosquitoes; does NOT repel ticks
    10% is ineffective; 20% protects for 8 hours
    Product is a strong eye irritant
    Melts plastic and damages some fabrics
  • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus with PMD
    Repels both mosquitoes and ticks
    30% (with 19% PMD) protects for approximately 6 hours
    Can irritate lungs; possible allergens
    Do not use on children 3 years or less
    Do not use if pregnant
Repellent for application to clothing and gear:
  • Permethrin
    Repellent and insecticide
    Spray onto clothing, shoes and gear. This repellent lasts through several laundry cycles.

Repellents to protect an area:

  • d-Allethrin
    Repellent and insecticide
    4 hrs. protection for a 10’x10’ area
  • metoflurthrin
    Repellent and insecticide
    Up to 6 hrs. protection for a 10’x10’ area

View more information on repellents at http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html.


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