Picaridin Mosquito Repellants

Just in time for another onslaught of blood-hungry mosquitoes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have enlisted another chemical to aid in the fight against itchy mosquito bites and the West Nile Virus. The chemical picaridin, also known as KBR 3023, already evident in many mosquito repellent products manufactured and distributed throughout Europe, Australia, Latin America and Asia, has been given the thumbs up as an effective mosquito deterrent.

Until recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have long upheld that only mosquito repellents containing the chemical DEET, or diethyl toluamide, offered adequate long-lasting protection against mosquitoes and the threat of West Nile Virus. But recent scientific findings have concluded that picaridin mosquito repellents can be as effective as DEET when applied in comparable concentrations.

Did You Know?

Most mosquitoes live and feed within 1 mile of their breeding ground.

This addition of picaridin as an effective mosquito repellent will broaden the scope of mosquito protection to campers and those seeking outdoor enjoyment this summer. Mosquito haters in Australia, Europe, Latin America and Asia have been using picaridin as mosquito protection since the 1980s, mainly because picaridin is reported to have a more pleasant odor and be less harsh to the skin than mosquito repellents containing DEET. Because picaridin tends to be more suitable for people with sensitive skin it is also considered a wiser mosquito repellent option for children.

Regardless of what mosquito repellent you use - picaridin, DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus - the key to protecting yourself from mosquito bites and West Nile Virus is to apply mosquito repellents according to their label instructions, and to reapply it whenever you swim, sweat or start getting bitten.

Mosquito repellents with picaridin start at about $8 online.