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  • proper n. An insect repellent (chemical name N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) that can be applied to skin or clothing.


From d t, the initials of diethyl and toluamide in the name of the chemical. (Wiktionary)


  • One way to minimize skin exposure to DEET is to spray clothing instead.

    Mosquito fickleness explained at last

  • NN Diethyl-Touluamide, commonly referred to as DEET, is an ingredient in most popular insect repellents.

    Insect Repellents

  • These occur when DEET is absorbed from the surface of the skin into the body.

    Insect Repellents

  • Apply insect repellants that contain DEET and permethrin

    Lyme Disease

  • “The experiments that were conducted were mainly done on insects or on individual cells in test tubes, and generally not under conditions that accurately reflect how DEET is used as an insect repellent in the real world,” said Daniel Sudakin, M.D.,

    How Bad is DEET?

  • Another cool fact about DEET is that is absorbs directly into the skin and subsequently the blood stream!!!

    How Bad is DEET?

  • DEET is a very low grade chemical warfare nerve agent!

    How Bad is DEET?

  • National Pesticide Information Center, said Susan Little, director of the DEET Education Program, Washington, D.C. To suggest that DEET is unsafe when used according to label instructions is irresponsible, she noted, especially since the study in no way reflects the way that consumers use insect repellents that contain it.

    How Bad is DEET?

  • (Pure DEET is unpleasantly oily, however, and lower concentrations work just about as well under most circumstances.)

    Mosquito fickleness explained at last

  • These problems mean that a replacement for DEET is potentially of huge commercial value.

    Archive 2006-07-02


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