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So is DEET so "horrible" that it's better to get rocky mountain spotted fever or any other deadly disease carried by ticks and mosquitoes?
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the health effects of DEET: "As a precaution, manufacturers advise that DEET products should not be used under clothing or on damaged skin, and that preparations be washed off after they are no longer needed or between applications.[8] DEET can act as an irritant;[1] in rare cases, it may cause skin reactions.
In the DEET Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED), the United States Environmental Protection Agency? (EPA) reported 14 to 46 cases of potential DEET-associated seizures, including 4 deaths. The EPA states: "... it does appear that some cases are likely related to DEET toxicity," but observed that with 30% of the US population using DEET, the likely seizure rate is only about one per 100 million users.
The Pesticide Information Project of Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University states that "Everglades National Park employees having extensive Deet exposure were more likely to have insomnia, mood disturbances and impaired cognitive function than were lesser exposed co-workers".
The American Academy of Pediatrics found no difference in safety for children, between products containing 10% and 30% DEET, when used as directed, but recommends that DEET not be used on infants less than two months old."
Using your statistics, 1 in 100 ticks carry carry the rocky mountain spotted fever bacteria. And if bitten I have a 3% chance of dying if treated, 30 % of not treated, plus there's Lyme disease, West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever and many other tick and mosquito-borne diseases to be concerned about. I think I'd chose the 1 in 100 million chance of having a seizure if I use DEET than what appears to be a much higher chance of dying from not using it, when I know I'm going to be exposed to lots of ticks and mosquitoes.
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On Fri, 12 Jun 2009 20:57:12 GMT, "Compostman"

I use DEET everyday when temperatures are above 80. It really helps reduce the number of chiggers and ticks. I tried dusting sulphur on my clothes--that works too but you got to wash those clothes separately.
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It isnt just the infection, it is the sequelae afterwards that is miserable from both Lymes and West Nile Virus. I made myself a "tick suit" from ripstop nylon to keep the ticks off when I was out in the woods some 30 years ago. Never had one attach but I sure could hear them drop and slide.
Actually, there is a lot you can do to the backyard to cut down on ticks and mosquitoes. The mosquito "magnet" works very well if they are started before the first hatch. And keeping the grass cut short deters ticks. Keeping the mice and other wild animals out of the yard is very helpful. Toss a couple moth balls into a shop vac, drag the back yard with a cloth and the ticks hop on, put the cloth into the shop vac and plug the hole so the moth balls kills the ticks. Or, put some bleach water in there with a little soap to cut the surface tension.
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John McGaw wrote:

The ticks or the children?
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David Hare-Scott wrote:

Is there a major difference? Small, frequently irritating, notorious disease vectors...
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i just stumbled on this. it seems pretty good. it's 84 pages! http://www.ct.gov/caes/lib/caes/documents/publications/bulletins/b1010.pdf
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I don't know how to get rid of them permanently, but if you roll around naked in the garden for a while you'll probably find most of them.
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