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What do I need to know about repellents?

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of these active ingredients:

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  • DEET
  • Picaridin 
  • IR3535
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
  • Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone






When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Find the right insect repellent for you by using the EPA’s search tool.

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