Health – Insect Repellents



  • When choosing a insect repellent remember that products with between 30 to 50% DEET (diethyltolumide) are the most effective. Higher dosages of DEET are available. If preferred and non-DEET products can be used to protect children.
  • Wash excess repellent of your skin before going to bed.
  • Use a Mosquito net if sleeping outdoors or in a room without proper fly screening. Ensure that it is correctly fitted.
  • Use Mosquito nets impregnated with permethrin to discourage insects from landing on the net and possibly biting its slumbering occupant through the holes.
  • Use sprays around dawn and dusk (mosquito’s most active time of day).
  • Mosquito coils and plug-in insect repellents are very effective, and should be used if available.
  • High pitched buzzers are not effective.