using DEET: how insect repellent works
Learn what DEET is and how insect repellent works so you can better protect your family from mosquitoes.
What is DEET, and how do OFF! repellents help to protect against mosquitoes?
Do all mosquito repellents work?
What is DEET?
How does DEET work?
How much DEET do I need to stay protected?
For reference, a repellent containing 15% DEET typically provides up to six hours of mosquito protection, while a repellent with 25% DEET typically provides up to 8 hours of mosquito protection.
Check out the OFF! Product Finder to find the right repellent for you.
Does sunscreen stop mosquito repellents from working?
No, though DEET can decrease sunscreen’s ability to do its job. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends first applying the sunscreen and then the insect repellent. Reapply both as instructed on the labels.
Are there any effective alternatives to DEET?
Learn more about it here.
OFF! also has area repellents such as OFF! Clip-On and the OFF! Mosquito Lamp.
Now that you know how insect repellent works, arm yourself with the right protection to make the most of the outdoors.