To Deet or Not to Deet?

We head out for a time of hiking and camping; we admire the beautiful scenery, the fresh air, the views asking for a picture and… the dreaded mosquitoes and other biting insects. Everyone that goes into nature encounters these creatures and asks themselves that often asked question on what repels them most effectively? A very popular and controversial method is Deet. There are those who swear by deet and others that are afraid of it. Here are some blog posts with great information on deet, it’s pros and cons and some good alternatives for repelling insects.

Mosquito-Borne Disease and Climate Change: Should you use DEET

Mosquito and ticks carry a variety of infectious agents, including those that cause malaria, West Nile, Dengue Fever and Lyme disease. NRDC recently launched a new website with climate maps of the United States.

Publish Date: 08/10/2011 12:29

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/gsolomon/mosquito-borne_disease_and_cli.html

CDC Says Lemon Eucalyptus As Effective As DEET « mattermore

Another plus, lemon eucalyptus doesn’t have the oily feel and unpleasant smell of DEET products. Look for products that contain the active ingredient p-Menthane-3,8-diol, such as Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Pump 4oz,

Publish Date: 05/02/2011 0:00

http://mattermore.net/2011/05/02/cdc-says-lemon-eucalyptus-as-effective-as-deet/

Beyond DEET — Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

A few weeks ago I wrote about actions you could take that might make your outings a little less buggy. Note the key words are a “little less” buggy; no matter what actions you take, there are going to be.

Publish Date: 08/03/2011 7:03

http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/blue-ridge-blogs/habitual-hiker/beyond-deet/

What the DEET? Part III: Additional Info and Proper Disposal « The

According to a 2003 newsletter by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada, DEET should absolutely not be applied to children under 6 months of age, ever. This was not a new recommendation, even in 2003.

Publish Date: 08/03/2011 5:00

http://thewholelifeblog.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/what-the-deet-part-iii-additional-info-and-proper-disposal/

Dangers of DEET Mosquito Repellent On Kids & Some Safe Alternatives

Dangers of using DEET mosquito repellent on children and some safe bug spray alternatives made from all-natural extracts and oils.

Publish Date: 07/26/2011 22:28

http://www.onelittlemister.com/2011/07/deet-insect-repellent-dangers-safe-alternatve.html

I hope these blog posts were helpful to you in your search for a safe and effective insect repellant. Good luck!

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