July 22, 2010
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Stay safe this summer!
“Mosquitoes and ticks can spread serious diseases such as Lyme disease, human babesiosis and Rocky Mountain spolted fever. But fortunately several products tested by Consumer Reports actually can provide real protection and have safe ingredients if carefully used.
One key chemical Ingredient, a pesticide known as “deet: is safe when used as directed, but it has caused rare toxic reactions when misused, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Several repellents that contain deet in varying levels were effective in Consumer Reports tests, protecting against deer ticks and two common types of mosquitoes for up to 8 hours or more.
But deet shouldn't be applied to Infants less than 2 months old. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against using repellents with deet concentrations higher than 30 percent on any children. Consumer Reports says that no one really needs a repellent with more than 30 percent deet.
Using Repellants Safely
• Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing; avoid over-application.
• After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water; wash treated clothing before wearing it again.
• Beware of sunscreen-deet combination productions. Several combination products are currently available, but they should be avoided, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because sunscreens are meant to be applied liberally and frequently while deet products should be used sparingly, combination products might promote unnecessarily high exposure to deet.
Deet-free Plant-based Repellants That Work
Picaridin is a chemical repellent that's considered as effective as deet at the same concentration by the CDC. When used properly, it's also considered safe by the EPA. Our tests found Natrapel 8-Hour with 20 percent Picaridin scored better than one repellent with 7 percent deet. Testers found it has a floral odor and is a little greasy.
Oil of lemon eucalyptus - a plant-based chemical repellent is also considered by the CDC to be as effective against mosquitoes as deet at the same concentration. Repel Plant-based Lemon Eucalyptus did well in the tests and gave 8-hour protection against both ticks and mosquitoes-slightly better than Natrapel. However, oil of lemon eucalyptus product labels specify that they should not be used on children under three years old. Testers found Repel had a plastic beach-ball and citrus odor and left little residue.
Tips for Safe Use
· When applying any repellent, follow directions. Use your hands to apply it to your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth, and don't apply it to cuts.
· Use just enough to cover exposed skin. Some directions suggest using it on clothes, but most tested repellents damaged leather and vinyl, and some of them stained synthetic fabrics.
· Wash repellent off your skin and launder treated clothes. For extra protection:
o Wear Iight-colored, loose clothes and avoid using scented products when outdoors, especially at peak feeding hours--dusk to dawn for most mosquitoes.
o Remove standing water near your house as it can be a mosquito breeding ground.
o To avoid ticks, tuck pants into socks and wear closed shoes and a hat.
Deet in Sunscreen products
Maryland Poison Control Center and Center for Disease Control recommends the following regarding “deet”
· Deet and sunscreen combination should not be used on children when the concentration level of deet is more than 4.7%.
· Not recommended to use products that combine deet with sunscreen.
· Deet does not need to be reapplied as frequently as sunscreen. Deet is very safe when applied correctly. Sunscreen often requires frequent reapplication, so using a combined product is not recommended.
PRECAUTIONS WHILE USING DEET INSECT REPELLENTS
· Do not apply to infants under 2 months of age.
· Sunscreens often are applied repeatedly because they wash off.
· Very little deet will be washed off with water.
· Repeated application of a deet sunscreen product may increase the potential for toxic effect of deet.
· Do not apply deet to children's hands.
· Please consult your health provider or the National Pesticide Information Center 1-800-858-7378 for further information."
Portions of article shared fromConsumer Report July 2010 article www.greenerchoices.org
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