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Insect repellents can help reduce your risk of being bitten by insects and therefore reduce your risk of getting a disease carried by mosquitoes or ticks. Numerous products are available to repel mosquitoes and ticks. Sometimes, it can be difficult to decide which product to use when you are planning to be outdoors. The information below and EPA's Insect Repellent Locator can be useful when deciding on insect repellents. Find out where to locate important information on pesticide labels using NPIC's poster.

Learn more about insect repellents:

Using Insect Repellents

Children and Insect Repellents

Comparing Efficacy of DEET and Other Insect Repellents

DEET Use and Safety Information

Insect Repellents and Sunscreen

Insect Repellent Toxicology

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated January 26, 2024