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Which Kinds of Mosquito Repellents Are Most Effective?

Mosquito repellents help reduce exposure to bites.

 
Of the active ingredients registered with the EPA as mosquito repellents, two have demonstrated a higher degree of effectiveness. Repellents containing these active ingredients typically provide longer-lasting protection than others:
 
  • DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide)
  • Picaridin (KBR 3023).
     
Oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD)], a plant-based repellent, is also registered with the EPA.
 
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