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DEET Affects Nervous System in Animal Studies

Bad News For DEET Users

With all the rain many areas in the US have been getting this Summer, mosquitoes are out of control. Bug sprays that contain DEET are just about the only thing guaranteed to repel those buggers, but a new study may make you think twice before spraying it all over your body. In scientific experiments on insects, DEET was found to interfere with proper functioning of the central nervous system. The researchers say that testing on humans is urgently needed, since more than 200 million people use products containing DEET. Oddly enough, there hasn't been a lot of research on the effects of this chemical on humans, but if it affects the nervous systems of bugs, it can't be too healthy for us.

Although the EPA has said in the past that if used as directed, bug sprays containing DEET are not harmful to humans, does this new study change your mind?

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
kscincotta, that's pretty much what I was thinking.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 7 years
I am sorry but I am using Deet! I go outside for 3 min. and I am bitten in places that are thoroughly covered all the time. This is an issue...so for now Deet is Sweet 4 me!
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
This seems somewhat counter-intuitive to me. The whole point of DEET is to interfere with bugs so that they stay away! Other studies have made a much more compelling argument for additional studies on the toxicity of DEET towards humans. DEET toxicity tests on insects are a waste of time - DEET is supposed to be toxic to insects!!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Nope. I've been using it forever and it's so much better than being covered in mosquito bites.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Likewise, I spray the outside of my clothing. The protection outweighs the risks for me as well.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I spray it on the outside of my clothing. With the prevalence of West Nile Virus and Lyme's Disease plus my severe allergy to bee stings, I'll continue to use Deet on my clothes. The protection it offers outweights the risks for me.
emo_stacer emo_stacer 7 years
i spray just my sneakers and wash well if i have to retie the laces. it works w/o skin exposure.
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