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I'm Allergic to DEET

What other mosquito repellents work?

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Question:

Since I am allergic to deet, what is an efffective mosquito repellent I could try?

Submitted by – Kathie, Columbus, OH

Answer:

Although deet still ranks as the overall best repellent, several others have compared favorably to it. Picaridin, for instance, works well as a repellent. Permethrin is not technically a repellent since it kills mosquitoes and other bugs, and it should be applied to clothing and gear, not skin, but it too works well to keep mosquitoes from biting. One natural and effective option is lemon eucalyptus oil, though you have to apply it more frequently. —Buck

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