Many people are concerned about the dangers of biting insects such as mosquitoes and ticks, and turn to insect repellants containing DEET to avoid them. Unfortunately, DEET can cause some serious side effects, especially when used over a long period of time. Here are some of the most common DEET side effects you should be aware of.

Skin Irritant

DEET is intended for use on clothing, and should not be placed directly on the skin. Doing so can cause skin irritation, especially when applied repeatedly. DEET should only be used sparingly, and should be washed off clothing or other surfaces as soon as possible to avoid contamination.

Miscellaneous Side Effects

Other side effects that could be noticed include:

  • Birth defects
  • Impaired cognitive function
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Lapses in memory and brain function
  • Mood disturbances
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor muscle coordination and balance
  • Seizures

Due to the high risk of side effects, Health Canada has banned the sale of insect repellants containing more than a 30% concentration of DEET. This agency also recommends products with DEET not be used at all on children under the age of 2, and that kids ages 2 to 12 use products with a concentration of 10% or less.

Aside from the fact that DEET is harmful to humans, it can also be detected in groundwater. It has the potential to be toxic to birds, fish and other wildlife as well.

You don’t have to risk harmful side effects or worry about doing damage to the environment when you purchase insect repellants from Dr. Fedorenko. Our mosquito and tick repellants provide protection for up to four hours, and contain all natural ingredients that will not produce these harmful side effects. To learn more about our natural insect repellants, contact us