Environmental Protection Agency
recently reaffirmed its stamp of approval to DEET
products and formulations. The
Agency concluded that there no health risks for
DEET based insect repellents, with directed use
(as with any product)
and that these products actually a public health benefit!!
is the active ingredient in most insect repellent
products sold in the US and is widely considered the
preferred and only scientifically proven effective
protection against biting insects. If there is no
DEET in it, it can't be as safe and effective.
EPA approved its continued use in currently available
DEET insect repellent products after a comprehensive
review of 11 years of extensive independent research
into potential DEET human and environmental toxicity.
In its evaluation, the agency concluded: "normal use
of DEET does not present health concerns_"
to false rumors, DEET is "not classifiable as a
human carcinogen" and "no toxicologically significant
effects in animal studies" could be identified by
some allegations that DEET use can lead to adverse
health effects The EPA could find none! In fact,
there are so few reports of ANY problems, and what
few problems have been reported are ususally so
slight in their seriousness (temporary eye pain
when sprayed directly into the eyes-DUH!), that
it was concluded that DEET is completely safe when
used as directed.
was concluded - "There is a far greater risk
of getting bit by an infected insect an contracting
a life threatening disease".
application of DEET insect repellents like GreenHead
brand Fly and Insect Repellent to the skin and clothing
can help prevent bites form ticks and other biting
insects that may cause disease.
agency's findings are particularly important and good
news for American public health in light of the widely
recognized climatic impact of El Nino will create
larger than normal insect populations in the US this
year. Experts warn that there will be an increased
risk for the diseases that mosquitoes, ticks, gnats,
biting flies, fleas, chiggers and no-see-ums (biting
midges) can carry. Those serious, potentially deadly
diseases include Eastern
equine, Western equine, St.Louis and La Crosse encephalitis,
Lyme disease, malaria, dengue fever, Rocky Mountain
spotted fever, Human granulocytic ehrlichiosis and