The dangers of DEET

DEET is the most common ingredient found in chemical-based (non-natural) insect repellants. It works by making the lactic acid receptors on the female mosquito ineffective – in essence, they can’t ‘smell’ your lactic acid and so do not know that you are food. According to a recent study, some flies and mosquitoes have genetically changed and are insensitive to the smell of DEET. Additionally, some mosquitoes are becoming desensitised to DEET for up to three hours after previous exposure to DEET, which means DEET may not be as effective as it used to be. Various studies have shown that DEET causes damage to human DNA and has an adverse effect on the nervous system. Reported side effects of D

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