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1 June 2014 Laboratory Evaluation of Citronella, Picaridin, and Deet Repellents Against Psorophora ciliata and Psorophora howardii
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Commercial formulations of 3 repellents: OFF® Active (active ingredient [AI] 15% N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide [deet]), OFF® Family Care (AI 5% picaridin), and CVS Pharmacy Fresh Insect Repellent® (AI 10% citronella, 2% lauryl sulfate, and 0.2% potassium sorbate) were evaluated to determine the mean protection time provided against the large floodwater mosquitoes, Psorophora ciliata and Ps. howardii. Each of these products contained different active ingredients and displayed different protection times, but repellency was in accordance with each product's label reapplication times/repellency durations. The CVS Pharmacy Fresh Insect Repellent provided the least protection (2 h and 26 min), followed by OFF Family Care (3 h and 46 min). OFF Active afforded the longest protection (5 h and 41 min), which was significantly higher than the other treatments (P < 0.001).

2014 by The American Mosquito Control Association, Inc.
Jodi M. Scott, Tanjim Hossain, Claudia Davidson, Michael L. Smith, and Rui-De Xue "Laboratory Evaluation of Citronella, Picaridin, and Deet Repellents Against Psorophora ciliata and Psorophora howardii," Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 30(2), 136-137, (1 June 2014). https://doi.org/10.2987/13-6368.1
Published: 1 June 2014
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