Bug Off!

By: Sahar El-Hodiri
By: Sahar El-Hodiri

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The battle against mosquitoes is big business. But which products do mosquitoes hate the most?

A new study tested the most common mosquito repellants. Scientists compared 16 products, to find what really makes mosquitoes "bug off."

Study co-author Jonathan Day says, "The whole point of our study was to allow people to make an informed decision on what repellents to buy."

You can find dozens of different kinds on store shelves. Scientists compared 16 of them, from repellents that contain deet, to oil-based ones, to wristbands.

Day says, "If people want an hour or two of protection with a single application then the only products that will give that length of protection are deet based products."

Scientists say Deep Woods OFF is among the best, with 24% deet. On average, that will protect you more than five hours. 7% deet gives you about two hours. Oil-based products like Skin-So-Soft last 23 minutes. All botanical repellents tested, like citronella last less than 20 minutes.

Being bitten by mosquitoes bothers Sharon Levey more now, than ever before. She wants to protect her family from mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus.

Sharon says, "You worry more about diseases and things now than you used to. It used to be they were just a pain but now it's kind of more of a concern."

A concern you can put out of your mind, if you put on the right repellent. Doctors say deet-based products pose no health risk if you follow the directions on the label. They recommend children only use products with less than 10% deet.


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