Your Trusted Companion for a Bite-Free Adventure
20 Sept 2023
DEET AND ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
UNVEILING THE TRUTHS ABOUT DEET: DEBUNKING COMMON MYTHS AND EMBRACING THE ULTIMATE INSECT REPELLENT
When it comes to protecting yourself from pesky mosquitoes and other biting insects, there's one name that stands out above the rest—DEET. Diethyltoluamide, commonly known as DEET, has been the gold standard of insect repellents for decades, and with good reason. In this article, we'll explore the truths behind some common myths and misconceptions about DEET and highlight why it remains the top choice for insect protection.
MYTH BUSTED - HIGHER DEET PERCENTAGE DOESN'T MEAN BETTER PROTECTION
It's a common misconception that a higher percentage of DEET in a repellent leads to better protection. In reality, the DEET concentration determines the duration of protection, not its effectiveness. For shorter outdoor activities (90 minutes or less), products with 7 to 10% DEET are sufficient. You can always reapply to extend the efficacy for longer periods.
Even a 19.1% DEET concentration, when combined with a slow-release additive, has been proven to be as effective as higher concentrations. So, it's not about better protection, just longer-lasting coverage.
WHY DEET OUTSHINES NATURAL PRODUCTS
While natural repellents may offer some limited protection against mosquitoes, they pale in comparison to the effectiveness of DEET. Botanical-based products may require frequent reapplication to provide comparable protection to even low-dose DEET-based repellents. DEET's broad-spectrum effectiveness extends to mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, leeches, and many other biting insects, making it the superior choice.
USING DEET WISELY - WHEN AND HOW
For most situations, products containing 10% or less DEET are adequate to prevent mosquito bites. However, in high-risk areas where mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, and dengue fever are prevalent, repellents with 15-30% DEET are recommended. Additionally, wearing light-colored clothing that covers the wrists and ankles can further reduce the chances of being bitten.
ADDRESSING SAFETY CONCERNS
Some concerns have been raised about DEET's safety, especially for pregnant women and children. While it's true that some people may be sensitive to DEET, adverse effects are rare when used as directed. Pregnant women are advised to exercise caution and use products with the lowest DEET concentration necessary for protection. For children, following the guidelines provided by reputable institutions, such as the Royal Children's Hospital, can help ensure safe usage.
RID - YOUR COMPANION FOR MOSQUITO-FREE ADVENTURES
RID Medicated Personal Insect Repellent, containing DEET, has been a trusted companion for outdoor enthusiasts for many years. Whether you're planning a hiking trip, a camping adventure, or just an evening barbecue, make sure you have RID Medicated Personal Insect Repellent by your side. With the right protection, you can fully enjoy the great outdoors without worrying about pesky mosquitoes and other biting bugs. Remember to follow the guidelines for safe usage and consult with professionals if you have any concerns.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always read and follow the instructions on the product label and consult with a healthcare professional if you have specific health concerns or questions about using insect repellents.