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It makes perfect sense to protect you with insect repellants. It is important to note however that each popular insect repellant on the market is not created equal. You need understand a little about each one to make the wisest decision for your needs and that of your family.

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Mosquitoes and ticks are two little beasties that can make a person's life miserable because they carry a variety of different types of diseases and infection. Malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis, West Nile, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and many other infectious diseases are caused by mosquitoes and ticks.

It makes perfect sense to protect you with insect repellants. It is important to note however that each popular insect repellant on the market is not created equal. You need understand a little about each one to make the wisest decision for your needs and that of your family.

1.  DEET, the most popular and most effective insect repellant

This particular option is rather potent and can cause some sensitivity issues on the skin. That is why there are varying strengths marketed that are targeted towards particular groups of people. For instance, children should use at the most a 30% concentration while adults should use no more than 50% as higher percentages are not that much more effective.

Spraying DEET on your pants and socks will help repel ticks and spraying on exposed skin will repel mosquitoes and even biting flies. For safety, spray DEET in your hands and then apply to your face. Of course, don't forget to wash your hands afterward. Be sure to avoid spraying on open wounds and other sensitive areas.

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2.  Picaridin, a new alternative for DEET users

Picaridin is a more favorable alternative for those DEET users who have skin sensitivity. It is easier on the skin and comes in a variety of concentrations. It is important to note that you should not compare the percentages of Picaridin with the percentages of DEET. They are two different chemical make-ups. Picaridin is gaining market share because it comes not only in a pump spray but also an aerosol spray and a chemical wet wipe alternative which is great for young children. Another overall plus for Picaridin is that is does not smell very strong, unlike DEET. The only drawback right now is that it has not been proven to repel ticks.

3.  Lemon eucalyptus oil is an effective and
yet more natural way of repelling insects

This insect repellant is great for those who enjoy more natural, organic products. This oil comes from the lemon eucalyptus plant and the active ingredient which makes this alternative competitive with DEET is called PMD. Experts advise however that lemon eucalyptus oil should not be used on young children, only teens and adults. Studies show that this oil is as strong as DEET in lower concentrations like 30-50%, which makes it an ideal alternative to people who want to eschew chemicals.

As with most insect repellants, you must reapply periodically to ensure their effectiveness. Always follow the directions as indicated on the labels. Swimming, sweating and rain are three reasons why repellants may have to be re-applied sooner than indicated. Otherwise, just reapply as needed to ensure your protection against mosquitoes, ticks and other beasties that cause infection.

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