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Information for Aquatech DEET Insect and Mosquito Repellent (100%)

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DEET's (chemical name, N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is the active ingredient in many insect repellent products. Aquatech Insect and Mosquito Repellent contains DEET at 100%. It is used to repel biting pests such as mosquitoes and ticks, including ticks that may carry Lyme disease. 

Products containing DEET currently are available to the public in a variety of liquids, lotions, sprays, and impregnated materials (e.g., wrist bands and other clothing).

DEET is designed for application to skin to repel insects, rather than kill them. DEET was first registered for use by the general public in 1957.

Safety review of DEET completed in 1998

After completing a comprehensive re-assessment of DEET, EPA concluded that, as long as consumers follow label directions and take proper precautions, insect repellents containing DEET do not present a health concern.

How to use DEET products safely

Consumers can reduce their own risks when using DEET by reading and following products labels. All DEET product labels include the following directions:

  • Read and follow all directions and precautions on this product label.
  • Do not apply over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
  • Do not apply to hands or near eyes and mouth of young children.
  • Do not allow young children to apply this product.
  • Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing.
  • Do not use under clothing.
  • Avoid over-application of this product.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water.
  • Wash treated clothing before wearing it again.
  • Do not spray in enclosed areas.
  • To apply to face, spray on hands first and then rub on face. Do not spray directly onto face.

Using DEET on children

DEET is approved for use on children with no age restriction. Though just to be on the safe side we ask that you do not use Aquatech Mosquito and Insect Repellent on children under the age of six months. There is no restriction on the percentage of DEET in the product for use on children, since data do not show any difference in effects between young animals and adult animals in tests done for product registration. There is also no data showing incidents that would lead EPA to believe there is a need to restrict the use of DEET. Consumers are always advised to read and follow label directions in using any pesticide product, including insect repellents.

What to do in the event of a reaction to DEET

If you suspect that you or your child is having an adverse reaction to this product, wash treated skin and call your GP and make sure that you have the bottle with you for reference. 

Benefits of DEET products

DEET's most beneficial ability is to repel disease-carrying insects and ticks. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) receives more than 20,000 reports of Lyme disease (transmitted by ticks) and 100 reports of encephalitis (transmitted by mosquitoes) annually. Both of these diseases can cause harm and even death in the case of encephalitis. Studies submitted to EPA indicate that DEET repels ticks for about three to eight hours, depending on the percentage of DEET in the product. Our product is 100% DEET so we have tested it to be effective for at least six hours. 

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