Deet – how often do you apply?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Deet is a chemical, so I’m always careful not to overuse it, especially now that I’m pregnant.  I would just use it if you are going out for an extended amount of time.  Other times, you can use citronella candles, or citronella spray (honest company makes a good one).  

Post # 3
3281 posts
Sugar bee

I would replace Deet with Rebel Lemon Eucalyptus. It is as effective as Deet per Consumer Reports study and nowhere near as toxic. And it smells yummy.

Post # 4
3281 posts
Sugar bee

p.s. it is effective for 7 hours.

Post # 5
4260 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Lemon, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oils all work to deter mosquitoes.  So does the Avon skin so soft spray, and that is safer too.  I would use a combo of safer things and syat away from the deet altogether.

Post # 7
1149 posts
Bumble bee

Citronella oil has always been a long standing household staple for us. It’s dengue-land over here and I think it provides more than adequet repellent. You can find all natural brands that package them in an easy to use spray bottle.

Another suggestion is using these natural remedies, but in a wet wipe form if you don’t want to spray and “risk” inhaling anything.

Post # 8
497 posts
Helper bee

I pet sat in Charlottesville, VA in July of 2006. Mosquitoes everywhere and they ate me alive while took the dog for his walks.  I went to a local store and the clerk sold me the strongest mosquito repellent with DEET allowed by law . She said it was what the Military used in Vietnam in the 1970s. I bought a bottle. The mosquitoes inhaled it. I broke down and bought a light blue  sweater and light long pants. Best 150 bux I ever spent. Mosquitoes can’t eat cotton. Still the best protection.

Post # 9
1798 posts
Buzzing bee

No, no, no, I would not be spraying Deet around anyone pregnant. How far along are you? I know doctors are saying deet is safe to fight zika but Deet hasn’t had efficient studies on how it affects babies in the 1st semester– and that 1st semester is when fetuses are most vulnerable to zika. Deet is banned in Europe.

Post # 10
9811 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was pregnant last summer and I just did when I went out for a run (I would go in the evening) or to go outside watering my plants.  It only takes me 10m to water plants but I know from past experience I can get lots of bites since I’m in the grass.  I still had a number of bites over the summer but nowhere near as many as I usually have. If it was the morning when mosquitoes aren’t really out I wouldn’t have bothered.  And then when I was done I went and showered.  So far I have not put any on my baby (6mo) as I’ve only kept him on our deck or in the playpen which is on our deck and mostly out of the grass as he can’t walk anyway.

Post # 11
6806 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

ajillity81 :  I live in the Midwest and actually this weekend I was at a barn wedding and got a few mosquito bites. Guess I should’ve put on some bug spray? I didn’t even think of it…where do you live? Honestly zika doesn’t even cross my mind in my neck of the woods. 

FWIW, I asked my doctor about bugspray at our first appointment thinking that all the chemicals would be bad. She told me that it was fine and I should definitely use spray with DEET. 

Post # 13
834 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would not use deet while pregnant. I actually didnt even think about worrying about bug bites during pregnancy if not in a zika location. Maybe I should tho!

Post # 14
10 posts

yupmarried :  Wait, no. Deet is not banned in Europe at all! It is sold over the counter in plenty of places.

Now I would be a little careful about inhaling the fumes, but other than that there is no evidence it is unsafe to use during pregnancy.

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