Frequent Questions

Using Repellent Products to Protect against Zika, Dengue, and Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

EPA considers risks to infants, children, pets, pregnant women, and everybody else as a regular part of our insect repellent registration process. The key to pesticide safety is to read and closely follow the EPA-approved directions on the label.

However, as a federal regulatory agency, the EPA cannot recommend particular repellent products or active ingredients to use, since doing so would convey an unfair business advantage to the companies selling products or ingredients we recommended. We have posted a web page on Using Repellent Products to Protect against Mosquito-Borne Illnesses that explains how the EPA ensures that repellents are effective, as well as best practices to avoid bites. It also links to EPA's mosquito repellent product finder, which you can use to find products containing specific active ingredients if there is a particular one you want. Ultimately, it is up to consumers to decide for themselves which repellent products they buy. Hopefully, the information we provide and link to will help you make that choice.

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