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Compare Picaridin with other commonly-used insect repellents

Action Blocks insects’ sensors that detect human blood Blocks insects’ sensors that detect human blood Masks human ‘scent’
Effective against Mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas Mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas Mosquitoes
Protection against insect bites Effective Effective Dependent on scent intensity
Duration of protection 4 to 6 hours 2 to 8 hours, depending on dosage level (7% DEET - 2 to 3 hours. 15% - 4 to 6 hours.) Fluctuates depending on pH level of person applied
Scent/Odor Odorless Unpleasant odor Strong scent
Toxicity No reported incidents of skin irritation or toxicity Chance of skin irritation and toxicity Chance of skin irritation. Banned for topical use in Canada.
Precautions Do not use on children below 12 months old.

Use low concentrations.

Do not ingest.

Eye irritant. Do not apply near eyes.
No more than 10% dosage should be applied on children, as advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Use sparingly and never apply to the hands or near the eyes.

Apply no more than one time per day and avoid prolonged use.

Avoid contact with synthetic fabrics, plastics, leather, inks, and painted or varnished surfaces.

Avoid ingestion.

Avoid lotion applications; may cause skin irritation.


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