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Happenings in the insect world
by Phyllis Lee
on May 24, 2016 at 1:50 PM
Question as I'm not able to attend these events:  
Is Natrapel 20% (Picaridin) as effective as DEET with the Aedes aegypti (Culex)?
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on May 26, 2016 at 11:02 AM
According to medical entomologist/professor emeritus William Reisen of UC Davis: "I have never worked with the compound as it evolved after we did most of our repellent work. It seems to be effective based on the below excerpt from Wikipedia.  
The name picaridin was proposed as an International Nonproprietary Name (INN) to the World Health Organization (WHO), but the official name that has been approved by the WHO is icaridin. The compound was developed by the German chemical company Bayer and was given the name Bayrepel. In 2005, Lanxess AG and its subsidiary Saltigo GmbH were spun off from Bayer[1] and the product was renamed Saltidin in 2008.'Icaridin has been reported to be as effective as DEET without the irritation associated with DEET. According to the WHO, icaridin “demonstrates excellent repellent properties comparable to, and often superior to, those of the standard DEET.” In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using repellents based on icaridin, DEET, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus (containing p-menthane-3,8-diol, PMD) for effective protection against mosquitoes.
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