insect repellants

Consumer Reports

Don’t Bother Using These ‘Alternative’ Insect Repellants

You’re cruising down the drug store aisle when a pack of citronella candles catches your eye. “Hmm, these could be great to help ward off mosquitoes at my backyard cookout tomorrow,” you may think. But do these kinds of alternative insect repellants actually work? [More]


New York AG: 6 Of 7 Targeted Companies Will Stop Selling Ineffective Zika Prevention Products

Well, that was quick: a day after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that the state had sent cease-and-desist letters to seven companies accused of peddling various Zika prevention products that don’t actually work, six of those businesses have agreed to stop selling and marketing the items. [More]

Are There Any Non-DEET Insect Repellants That Work?

Are There Any Non-DEET Insect Repellants That Work?

For half a century, DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) has been the most commonly used ingredient in insect repellants. While DEET does work to keep the tiny critters off, it can also have some ugly side effects, including rashes, disorientation, and seizures. People looking for equally effective but safer insect repellants haven’t had much to choose from, but new tests show that some non-DEET products can offer the same level of protection. [More]