Repellents with DEET are the most effective, however, DEET can be toxic in excessive use. For younger children a concentration of 7 – 9 % product is the safest. You should put more on their clothes and shoes and less on open skin. Mosquitos will get a whiff of the repellent and leave as they generally will not search for an area of unprotected skin to bite. These lower concentration products often use a finger pump to limit the amount of spray. Older children can use the standard OFF and Cutter type products that are often aerosol sprays. The Deep Woods OFF has an even stronger concentration and should be used very cautiously. Non DEET repellents are available and some have been proven to work just as well. Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent is a great choice with 20% picaridin.
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