CBS News Reports Deet Considered Safe Repellent Amidst Zika Virus Concerns

Author: Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg-Clearwater

There are currently 17 cases of the zika virus that experts believe were contracted in the Miami-Dade area of Florida. With the concerns over the spread of the virus rising; CBS news reports on whether or not Deet is a safe repellent with a focus on pregnant women.

CBS News Zika on Safety of Deet

CBS news reports on the safety of Deet for pregnant women.

Interesting to note; an increase in the percentage of deet does not improve how effective the repellent is. An increase in deet percentage increases how long the repellent will last. Use this chart as a reference.

Deet Repellent Reference

Protection Times of Tested Mosquito Repellents.
Products Active Ingredient Average Complete Protection Time
OFF! Deep Woods 23.8% DEET 5 hours
Sawyer Controlled 20% DEET 4 hours
OFF! Skintastic 6.65% DEET 2 hours
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus
Insect Repellent Oil of lemon eucalyptus; p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD) 2 hours
Bite Blocker for Kids 2% Soybean Oil 1.5 hours
OFF! Skintastic for Kids 4.75% DEET 1.5 hours
Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard 7.5% IR3535 23 minutes
Natrapel 10% Citronella 20 minutes
Herbal Armor 12% Citronella; 2.5% peppermint oil; 2% cedar oil; 1% lemongrass oil; 0.05% geranium oil 19 minutes
Green Ban for People 10% Citronella; 2% peppermint oil 14 minutes
Buzz Away 5% Citronella 14 minutes
Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard 0.1% Citronella 10 minutes
Skin-So-Soft Bath Oil Active Ingredient not known 10 minutes
Skin-So-Soft Moisturizing 0.05% Citronella 3 minutes
Gone Original Wristband 9.5% DEET 0
Repello Wristband 9.5% DEET 0
Gone Plus Repelling band 25% Citronella 0

1. This document is ENY-671, one of a series of the Entomology and Nematology Department, UF/IFASExtension. Original publication date July 2002. Revised July 2014. Visit the EDIS website at
2. C. Roxanne Rutledge and Jonathan F. Day, professors at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Entomology and Nematology Department, UF/IFAS Extension, Vero Beach, FL 32962.
The use of trade names in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information. UF/IFAS does not guarantee or warranty the products named, and references to them in this publication do not signify our approval to the exclusion of other products of suitable composition.

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