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Insect Repellents

  • When choosing a repellent remember that products with between 30 to 50% DEET (diethyltolumide) are the most effective. Higher dosages of DEET are available. If preferred non-DEET products can be used to protect children.
  • Use a Mosquito net if sleeping outdoors or in a room without proper fly screening. Ensure that it is correctly fitted.
  • Use Mosquito nets impregnated with permethrin to discourage insects from landing on the net and possibly biting its slumbering occupant through the holes.
  • Use sprays around dawn and dusk (mosquito’s most active time of day).
  • Mosquito coils and plug-in repellents are very effective, and should be used if available.
  • High pitched buzzers are not effective.


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