- DEET is the active chemical ingredient in most insect repellents available in the United States.
- It is used to repel such biting pests as mosquitoes and ticks-including ticks that may carry Lyme disease.
- DEET was registered in the U.S. for the general public to use in 1957.
Compare this to Bioneem or citronella bug spray that does not change the styro cup.
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To DEET Or Not To DEET,
By David Shaw CEO, Quantum, Inc.
DEET has been proven to enter the bloodstream through application to the skin, and while many people use DEET-based products without incident, others have suffered side-effects ranging from rashes and hives to uncontrollable twitching and muscle spasms to death. Children seem especially susceptible to DEET problems. In 1995 alone, the National Poison Control Center in Washington, DC. received over 6,700 reports of repellent exposure, including one death, and of the 6,700 reports, two thirds occurred in children age six and under.
The biggest media jolt came when ABC's PrimeTime Live did a twenty minute segment on DEET. The public began to pay serious attention, and companies like ours began to see very strong product movement. PrimeTime's report focused on particularly dramatic incidents that highlight the dangers. The program told the stories of Tim Christiansen, who at 26 years old died after using DEET twice one summer day in 1994; on Elijah Harrison, an 8 year old boy who's mother sprayed him with a 25% DEET product once a day for two days - he still suffers from seizures; and on workers in the Everglades National Park who experienced rashes, dizziness and numbness of the lips after using a DEET repellent.
Think about this the next time you spray the leading brand on your child......