New mosquito repellants endorsed by CDC
Mosquito season has begun, dont go alone. Prevent mosquito born diseases by applying repellants when necessary.
DEET has long been promoted as the mosquito repellant of choice in the defense of mosquito borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus and Lyme disease. But now the CDC is promoting the use of 2 alternate agents to ward off the pests.
Any repellant containing the agent picardin or oil of lemon eucalyptus will offer long lasting mosquito protection. But DEET will also remain on the list of recommended agents.
Picardin repellants are favored by most consumers because they tend to be more pleasant to the skin and the odor is less offensive than DEET products. Since the oil of lemon of eucalyptus is a natural agent, it is most appealing to those who dont like to put chemicals on their skin.
The CDC states that the repellant are as effective as DEET and provide about 4-6 hours of protection. The CDC also recommends the use of protective clothing and the elimination of standing water which serves as a breeding ground for