Choose Mosquito Repellent For Length Of Time And Activity

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Mosquito Repellents

Insect repellents containing DEET (N.N-diethyl-m-toluamide) have proven to be effective in protecting against mosquito bites.

But few users are knowledgeable when choosing a repellent appropriate for their outdoor activity and time.

"If you plan on being outdoors working in your garden for an hour or two, your ideal repellent would be different than if you were planning to hike all day through the Pine Barrens," said Edward Rumen, department Public Information Officer.


Rumen stated that users should tailor the DEET percentage in their repellent to the hours outdoors and type of activity they are planning.

"A repellent with 10 percent DEET is good for an hour or two of light activity, such as gardening, while a hiker preparing for a many-hour trek through the woods should seek a repellent containing 20-to-50 percent DEET," Rumen stated.

"As with any type of medicine or solution, read the packaging directions and apply accordingly," Rumen said. "Multiple applications may be necessary, depending upon type of activity and species of mosquito encountered in that area."

Rumen advised parents that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), repellents with less than 10 percent DEET should be used on children.

"If possible, parents should apply the solution on the child," Rumen said. "If children apply it themselves, remind them to wash their hands afterwards."

"It is important to your health to remain active," said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Board of Health. "By properly applying the correct insect repellent after reading and following the package directions, everyone can enjoy the summertime while reducing the biting stings of pesky mosquitoes."