Take a look through our frequently asked questions for answers about product selection and use.
Apply repellent whenever you are going to be outdoors. Be aware that mosquitoes often can be most active at dusk and at dawn. Always remember to read and follow the label directions on the package.
Choosing the right repellent depends on the situation. Generally, the higher the concentration of the active ingredient, the longer you will be protected. The following tips should help you determine which OFF!® product is best for you in various situations: If you plan to spend a short amount of time outside, OFF!® FamilyCare Insect Repellents will offer good protection from mosquitoes. OFF!® Active® Repellents are sweat resistant. They're great for family activities, such as soccer games or bike rides. For long activities, like hiking and fishing, our choice is OFF! Deep Woods® Insect Repellents or OFF! Deep Woods® Sportsmen Insect Repellents. If you are lounging around and there will be little activity, we suggest using OFF!® Clip-on™, which is the mosquito protection you don’t spray on.
Most OFF!® personal repellents include products that contain varying amounts of DEET. However, if you’re looking for an active ingredient other than DEET, consider OFF!® Clip-on™ Mosquito Repellent which uses Metofluthrin as its active ingredient, or OFF!® FamilyCare Insect Repellent II (Clean Feel) which uses Picaridin as its active ingredient. To learn more about DEET or our other active ingredients, visit Active Ingredients.
Do not use under clothing. Spray shirts, pants, socks, and hats. For ticks and chiggers also spray OFF! Deep Woods® Insect Repellent on cuffs, socks, and around other openings in outer clothing. OFF!® repellent will not damage cotton, wool, or nylon. Do not apply OFF!® repellent with DEET on or near acetate, rayon, spandex or other synthetics (other than nylon), furniture, plastics, watch crystals, leather, and painted or varnished surfaces including automobiles.
All OFF!® insect repellents can be used on your face. We encourage you to apply the product to your hands and then to your face, being sure to avoid your eyes and mouth. Do not allow children to handle this product. Do not apply to children’s hands. When using on children, apply OFF!® repellent to your own hands and then to the child. Always remember to read and follow the label directions on the package.
Learn more: How To Correctly Apply Insect Repellent
No, OFF!® personal repellents are made for human use only.
Learn more: 5 Ways To Protect Your Pets From Insects.
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OFF!® products can be found throughout the United States in the insect repellent section, lawn and garden section, or sporting goods section of most mass merchandisers, grocery stores, drug stores, do-it-yourself stores, and hardware stores. Find out where you can buy OFF!® products.