The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer the following recommendations for preventing tick and mosquito bites: Use insect repellents with ingredients registered by the Environmental Protection Agency such as DEET, Picaridin and oil of lemon
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535, an amino acid that interferes with mosquitoes' sense of smell.
The label on products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus warns against use on children younger than age three.
People are urged to protect themselves from mosquitoes by draining standing water from items around their house, yard, and business; using insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon
eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, or IR3535; and dressing in long sleeves, pants and closed toe shoes when outdoors.
Recommended repellents contain DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon
eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535.
Long-sleeve shirts and long pants are recommended in mosquito-heavy areas, as is the use of DEET repellent, oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picaridin.
If outdoors at dusk or dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, use mosquito repellents containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picaridin, and follow the directions on the container
Pervious research indicates that the most effective natural plant-based repellents involve a mixture of essential oils, such as oil of lemon
eucalyptus, citronella oil, geranial oil, soybean oil, coconut oil, neem oil, and a combination of catnip and Osage orange, combined in an oil base.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) granted approval to two healthier alternatives to DEET--picaridin and oil of lemon
eucalyptus--for protection from mosquitoes.
Must contain oil of lemon
eucalyptus in the ingredients (30% or more).
Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon
eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)].
Use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin or oil of lemon