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Repellents Recommended by the CDC
The CDC announced this news in hopes that at the onset of mosquito season more people would protect themselves against West Nile Virus. In a media conference Dr. Zielinski-Gutierrez of the CDC reported, “Nationwide, about 40 percent of people report that they use mosquito repellents with any regularity.”
These alternatives give people more options, especially those who are concerned over possible health impacts of using DEET products, especially when combined with other chemicals often used in mosquito control such as permethrin that can lead to motor deficits, motor, and memory problems. Consumers should be aware however that very little toxicity data exists on picaridin and therefore may choose to avoid the product until health and safety data is made available.
The CDC press release noted “Oil of lemon eucalyptus (also known as p-menthane 3,8-diol or PMD), a plant-based mosquito repellent provided protection time similar to low concentration DEET products in two recent studies.”
TAKE ACTION: For more information on ways to protect yourself and your community from mosquitoes and West Nile virus without the use of hazardous pesticides, see Beyond Pesticides Public Health Mosquito Management Strategy.