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Ontario, Canada, L6M 3L1
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Many insect repellents contain DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) or Icaridin (hydroxyethyl isobutyl piperidine
carboxylate, also known as picaridin). If you use a product that contains DEET, ensure that you choose one that is suitable for the age of the person and for the time spent outdoors. Insect repellents that contain 30% DEET will remain effective for approximately 5 hours, 10% DEET will provide approximately three hours of protection, while 5% DEET provides approximately 2 hours of protection. Insect repellents that contain 20% Icaridin will
provide approximately 7 hours of protection from
mosquitos (and 8 hours of protection from ticks).
Although current labels on insect repellents containing DEET state that these products are not to be used on children under the age of 2 years (infants or toddlers), the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (PMRA) re-evaluation on DEET, which included input from the Canadian Paediatric Society, is now recommending the following:
For children under 6 months of age:
For children aged 6 months - 2 years of age:
For children between 2 - 12 years of age:
For more information for babies or children aged 6 months - 2 years, call
your doctor or the Public Health Agency of Canada at 1-800-454-8302. Information can also be found on the Public Health Agency of Canada website .
Insect repellent can dry skin, which may be a problem for those with dry or thin skin. Using a 10% or less DEET insect repellent with a skin moisturizer will help to reduce dry skin. However, you may need to reapply the repellent if outdoors for extended periods (greater than two hours).
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Keep babies under 1 year old out of the direct sun. Do not use sunscreen or insect repellent on infants less than 6 months of age.
Carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s directions. In addition, it is recommended to do the following:
Note: There is no evidence that the use of DEET or Icaridin by pregnant or breastfeeding women poses a risk to unborn babies or children who are nursing. However, as a safety precaution, women in these situations may wish to consider the use of non-chemical methods to protect against mosquito bites.
Insect repellents other than DEET or Icaridin based are available in Canada, although data on their safety is sparse. If you chose to use them, carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
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Halton Region is composed of
the City of Burlington,
the Town of Halton Hills,
the Town of Milton,
and the Town of Oakville .