A mosquito repellent makes the person wearing it unattractive to mosquitoes, reducing the number of bites. Several repellents can provide the best protection against mosquitoes in outdoor areas.
Americans have been using DEET since the 1950s. Many mosquito repellent products contain DEET, coming in liquid, lotion and spray formulations. These products contain 4 to 100 percent DEET.
People in Australia and Europe have been using picaridin for several years before it entered the U.S. market in 2005. A colorless, almost odorless liquid, picaridin products come in concentrations of between 5 and 20 percent.
Also known as Merck 3535, IR3535 keeps mosquitoes and biting flies away. Europeans had been using IR3535 products for 20 years before it entered the USA in 1999. Products contain 7.5 to 20.07 percent IR3535.
Oil of Citronella
A natural product derived from the leaves and twigs of lemon eucalyptus, oil of lemon eucalyptus comes in lotion and spray formulations. It has no adverse effect on humans and comes in concentrations of 30 to 40 percent.
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