7 myths and facts about deet
The truth about the active ingredient in some insect repellents.
MYTH: DEET kills mosquitoes.
FACT: DEET does not kill mosquitoes—it deters and repels them.
MYTH: DEET is only effective against mosquitoes.
FACT: OFF! Deep Woods® Dry Insect Repellent (25% DEET) provides long-lasting protection from more than mosquitoes.
MYTH: Children should not use products containing DEET.
FACT: When applied correctly, DEET is appropriate for use on children.
MYTH: It’s the smell of DEET that repels mosquitos.
FACT: DEET makes it hard for mosquitoes to land on you and bite you.
MYTH: DEET is a relatively new synthetic chemical.
FACT: DEET was developed by the U.S. Army in 1946.
MYTH: DEET is the same as DDT.
FACT: Nope! DEET is not DDT.
MYTH: The higher the percentage of DEET, the better protected you are.
FACT: The level of DEET in repellent only determines how long the protection lasts.