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Bug repellent safety

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Insect repellent safety

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The safest bug repellent is to wear proper clothing.

Even with proper clothing, when visiting an area with many insects, bug repellent, such as those containing DEET or picaridin should be used.

To avoid toxicity from insect repellents:

References

Fradin MS, Carroll SP. Protection from blood-feeding arthropods. In: Auerbach PS ed. Wilderness Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Mosby; 2012:chap 47.



Review Date: 4/13/2013
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