7 myths and facts about deet
The truth about the active ingredient in some insect repellents.
MYTH: DEET kills mosquitoes.
FACT: DEET does not kill mosquitoes—it deters and repels them.
MYTH: DEET is only effective against mosquitoes.
FACT: OFF!® Deep Woods® Insect Repellent (25% DEET) provides long-lasting protection from more than mosquitoes.
MYTH: Children should not use products containing DEET.
products containing DEET can be used on children. Always read product label instructions, and when applying on children, spray on your hands first and then apply to their skin.
MYTH: It’s the smell of DEET that repels mosquitoes.
FACT: DEET makes it hard for mosquitoes to land on you and bite you.
MYTH: DEET is a relatively new synthetic chemical.
FACT: DEET was developed by the U.S. Army in 1946.
MYTH: DEET is the same as DDT.
FACT: Nope! DEET is not DDT.
MYTH: The higher percentage of DEET, the better protected you are.
FACT: The level of DEET in repellent only determines how long the protection lasts.