DEET vs Other Active Ingredients
DEET has been used in the U.S. for more than 50 years and continues to be an effective option for consumers, especially for sportsmen looking for long-lasting protection even in severe conditions. DEET–based products offer effective insect protection in a wide variety of formulas, from 7% DEET products that provide two hours of protection to 100% DEET products that provide 10 hours of protection. DEET–based products are also available in a variety of forms, including the popular wipes, which allow for more controlled application.
Clean. Odorless. Effective. Pronounced “pick-CARE-a-den.” This active ingredient provides the long-lasting, effective protection consumers have come to expect from DEET in a formula that is more pleasant to use. Because it is odorless with a light, clean feel, Picaridin removes some of the reasons why consumers may be reluctant to apply mosquito repellent. Also repels ticks, chiggers, biting flies, gnats, fleas and other flying insects as listed.
Lemon Eucalyptus is the only plant-based active ingredient recommended by the CDC. Derived from oil obtained from the leaves of the Eucalyptus citridora tree, this active ingredient naturally repels mosquitoes and deer ticks for up to six hours. Products made with this active ingredient are ideal for consumers who are looking for truly effective products made from naturally renewable resources.