Tips for using DEET Mosquito repellents containing DEET are safe and effective when used properly in preventing mosquito bites that can transmit West Nile Virus.
Jim Wilson, pesticide education coordinator for South Dakota State University Extension, said South Dakotans should follow label directions and also keep in mind some of the guidelines suggested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
* Apply enough repellent to cover exposed skin or clothing, but don't apply to skin beneath clothing.
* Don't apply to wounds, cuts, or irritated skin.
* Wash treated skin with soap and water after returning indoors.
* Don't apply spray repellents in enclosed areas.
* Don't apply repellent directly to your face. Instead, spray some on your hands and rub them carefully over your face, avoiding the mouth and eyes.
* Don't allow young children to apply mosquito repellent to themselves.
* To apply repellent to a child, put some repellent on your own hands and then rub them on your child. Avoid children's eyes and mouth, and use
repellent sparingly around their ears.
* Don't apply repellent to young children's hands, since children frequently put their hands in their mouths.
* Don't apply repellent to skin under clothing. If repellent is applied to clothing, wash treated clothing before wearing again.
Always read and follow all product label directions, Wilson added.