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Length of Protection Time for Insect Repellents

Product Active Ingredient Approximate Length of Protection
OFF! Deep Woods DEET 23.8% 5 hours
Sawyer Controlled Release DEET 20% 4 hours
OFF! Skintastic DEET 6.65% 2 hours
Gone Original Wristband DEET 9.5% Less than 1 minute
Repello Wristband DEET 9.5% Less than 1 minute
Natrapel Citronella 10% 20 minutes
Green Ban for People Citronella 10%
Peppermint 2.5%
15 minutes
Buzz Away Citronella 5% 15 minutes
Gone Plus Wristband Citronella 25% Less than 1 minute
Bugz Off 100% Oil blend 2 hours
Cutter Advanced Picaridin 7% 2 hours
Bite Blocker for Kids Soybean oil 2% 2 hours
Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535 7.5% 25 minutes
Skin-So-Soft Bath Oil Uncertain 10 minutes
Skin-So-Soft Moisturizing Citronella 0.05% 3 minutes

Information is based on a lab study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 and information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please note that length of protection time will be less when used outdoors than when used in a lab setting.

Content provided by the Public Health Division of Contra Costa Health Services.

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