The Ultimate DEET Quiz

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About This Quiz

Products containing DEET can keep mosquitoes from spoiling your next outdoor adventure. It's important to follow product directions for best use. Take this quiz to learn more about using DEET.

How many deaths per year are a result of mosquito bites?

Every year, about one million people die from mosquito bites.

Why do people die from mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes transmit malaria, which can be a fatal illness.

What is the household name for N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide?

The household name for this chemical is DEET.

Other than mosquitoes, DEET also repels what other insects?

DEET repels black flies, fleas, ticks, chiggers and no-see-ums.

When was DEET developed?

DEET was developed in 1946 by the U.S. Army.

When was DEET approved for use by the general public?

DEET was approved for general use in 1957.

How do you apply DEET?

Apply DEET directly to your skin or clothing.

Why does DEET repel insects?

Scientists do not know for sure why DEET works, they just know it does.

What happens if DEET comes into contact with plastic?

DEET can melt plastic.

How do DEET and DDT differ?

DEET and DDT are two different products. In the '70s, the use of the carcinogenic DDT was banned in the U.S.

How many products contain DEET?

According to the EPA, 140 products contain DEET.

Products are offered in what concentrations of DEET?

Products offer concentrations ranging from 4 to 100 percent.

What does 100 percent concentration mean for the product's effectiveness?

A higher concentration indicates that a product will last longer.

What concentration should you select for an outdoor activity such as a fishing trip?

Chose a product with a concentration of 25 to 30 percent for a fishing trip.

What is the Canadian limit for DEET concentration for consumer products?

The Canadian limit for DEET is a concentration of 30 percent or less.

What does the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend regarding the use of DEET for children?

The academy recommends it for children older than two months old.

DEET is slightly toxic to what animals?

DEET is slightly toxic to birds, aquatic invertebrates and fish.

Why is DEET reputed to cause cancer?

Many people confuse DEET with DDT. DDT does cause cancer.

Why should you not use DEET on skin that will be covered by clothing?

If DEET is applied to skin that is later covered by clothing, the DEET will be absorbed by the skin.

Where should you not apply DEET products?

Do not apply DEET products to open wounds, rashes, eyes, mouth or ears.

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