Bug repellent safety

Alternative Names

Insect repellent safety


The safest bug repellent is to wear proper clothing.

Even with proper clothing, when visiting an area with many insects, bug repellents such as those containing DEET or picaridin should be used.

To avoid toxicity from insect repellents:


Fradin MS. Insect repellents. In: Wolverton SE, ed. Comprehensive Dermatologic Drug Therapy. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2013:chap 54.

United States Environmental Protection Agency. Repellents: protection against mosquitoes, ticks and other arthropods. EPA.gov website. www.epa.gov/insect-repellents. Accessed April 25, 2017.

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