BBC World Service

Attack of the mosquito! Bugs beat DEET

Marketplace Contributor Feb 21, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY
BBC World Service

Attack of the mosquito! Bugs beat DEET

Marketplace Contributor Feb 21, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY

DEET, which is the the active ingredient used by brands of insect repellent including Off, 3M and Cutter has been proven to be ineffective in fending off certain kinds of mosquitoes.

The London-based study showed that a certain kind of mosquito found in tropic regions that spreads diseases like yellow fever was not repelled by DEET after it was exposed to it a second time. However, it is not yet known how long it takes for the repellent to become ineffective.

“It’s quite a worrying find,” says the BBC’s Science Correspondent Rebecca Morelle. Morelle says more research will be needed to gauge the effect of the findings on regular bug repellent use.

Scientists say that although DEET has been proven to be less effective in some cases, it should still be used when a person is exposed to insects.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.