Is DEET a Safe Summer Pest Repellent?

Summer outdoor fun often means a never-ending battle against mosquitoes. When it comes to insect repellents with DEET, some people wonder if the solution is worse than the problem. Our Rumson NJ exterminator separates fact from fiction on this issue.

Is DEET Safe?

DEET is the common name for diethyltoluamide. First developed in the mid-40s as a pesticide for farm crops, DEET is the most common active ingredient in commercially sold pest repellents.

Experts agree that DEET is the most effective product for use against mosquitoes and other insects, but as with many chemicals, people often worry about side effects. Studies on animals have shown that DEET can be harmful when ingested, but presents little risk with humans when used properly.

How DEET Works

Mosquitoes need water to reproduce, which is why they are often found around swamps and marshes. They are attracted to high levels of humidity, so sweat is one of the primary features that draws mosquitoes to humans, along with body temperature and carbon dioxide that’s exhaled through breath.

DEET works by interfering with the receptors on a mosquito’s antennae. The confusion prevents them from detecting the factors that would normally cause mosquitoes to land on people in search of blood.

Year-Round Rumson NJ Exterminator Services from Allison Pest Control

Unfortunately, pests can be a problem any time of the year. If you have bed bugs, mice or other unwanted visitors, contact Allison Pest Control to schedule a free inspection by our professionally trained technicians.


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