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Section 1: Why having it matters

As summer heats up and outdoor activities are at their peak, one ot the essential items you should have on hand is insect repellent. While we may think of these pesky bugs as simply irritating, their presence can pose a serious health risk and spoil our moments while in the great outdoors. In this blog post we will be highlighting the importance of using some kind of insect repellent and why it should be an indispensable part of our outdoor experience.

Section 2: Protection from Vector Borne Illnesses

Mosquitos, ticks and other biting insects are not just a nuisance; they can transmit dangerous diseases. These repellents act as a shield, reducing the likelihood of bites and lowering the risk of contracting illnesses such as Malaria, Dengue, Zika Virus, Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus. By taking advantage of repellents, we create a protective barrier between ourselves and these disease-carrying pests.

Section 3: Deet, which stands for N,N-Diethyl-toluamide

Deet or diethyltoluamide is the most common active ingredient in most insect repellents and its used to protect people from insect bites and the diseases they may carry. It works by interfering with the insect’s ability to detect human presence, making it less likely for them to bite. DEET is primarily effective against mosquitos, ticks, fleas and many other biting insects. When applied to the skin or clothing, Deet creates a barrier which masks the scent of the user, thereby making them less attractive to insects. It is best to follow the instructions on the product carefully. It should always be applied sparingly and evenly for optimal protection. Please note that DEET can cause skin irritation and not recommended for children under the age of two months old. Read your products carefully because not all repellents have the same percentage of Deet and applications vary.

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