Your best defense is to practice these habits, known as the “Four Ds”:
- Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
- Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.
The only agency that is willing to tell you the truth about the use of DEET is the Environmental Protection Agency EPA here is a list of the developmental neurotoxins. This list contains developmental neurotoxins that have been proven by multiple laboratories and studies to be toxic and damaging to the growth and development of the brain.