- -08-25-12 Mosquito Repellent Ingredients Reviewed by the EPA (Centers for Disease Control)
"CDC recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing. EPA registration of repellent active ingredients indicates the materials have been reviewed and approved for efficacy and human safety when applied according to the instructions on the label."
"Certain products containing permethrin are recommended for use on clothing, shoes, bed nets, and camping gear, and are registered with EPA for this use. Permethrin is highly effective as an insecticide and as a repellent. Permethrin-treated clothing repels and kills ticks, mosquitoes, and other arthropods and retains this effect after repeated laundering. The permethrin insecticide should be reapplied following the label instructions. Some commercial products are available pretreated with permethrin." 08-12
- -08-25-12 Things You Need to Know about West Nile Virus (Time.com)
"Apply insect repellent to exposed skin when going outdoors. Make sure repellents will last for the full time you plan to remain outside; products with more active ingredients will last longer. Donít let kids handle repellent on their own, and donít let them get it on their hands. Click here for the repellent ingredients that have been reviewed and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency."
"Since mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing, itís a good idea to spray your clothes (and shoes, bed nets and camping gear) with insect repellents that contain permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent. But donít apply permethrin directly to your skin or under your clothes." 08-12