News from CRIS: Insect Repellant - An Overview

July 27, 2021

What are insect repellents? 

Insect repellents are products that help prevent, repeal, or mitigating pests. These can be products that we apply to our skin or products like lanterns or candles that use a heating mechanism to disperse repellents (1).

This post will focus on products that we apply topically, such as a spray or lotion.


What do I need to know about insect repellents?

Manufacturers design different types of insect repellents to repel various insects. Disease-causing insects, specifically mosquitoes and ticks, are the most common targets of insect repellents.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for the regulation of insect repellents.


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