Is Bug Spray Really Bad For Your Health?

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It seems no summer cookout is complete without mosquitos ― and an insect repellant to keep those uninvited, pesky guests away. Most repellants contain an active ingredient called N,N-Diethyltoluamide, or DEET, which is effective at protecting against mosquito bites. According to Consumer Reports, DEET is the most widely used insect repellant in the United States. But despite its popularity, it has a pretty bad reputation for being a toxic chemical.

A 2015 Consumer Reports survey revealed that only one-third of 2,011 respondents believed the insect repellant products on the market were safe for adults. Some of the reasons for the skepticism about DEET come from reports of it causing adverse skin reactions and seizures in children. There are also fears it causes cancer.

 

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