*Because DEET is so widely used, a
great deal of testing has been done. When manufacturers seek registration with the US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for products such as DEET, laboratory testing regarding both short-term
and long-term health effects
must be carried out.
*Repellent with DEET can be used for both adults and
children, according to directions
Myth #4: Repellents containing DEET are not
Truth: Repellents containing DEET are very safe when
used according to
activities, such as using products to kill mosquito larvae and adult
mosquitoes, are one part of
control. Personal protection, such as using repellent, keeping window screens in good condition, and control of household
breeding sites are other important steps.
Myth #5: If my
area has a mosquito control program, I don't
have to use
Truth: Mosquito control activities don't eliminate
every mosquito, so personal
protection is still important.