Insect Repellents — New Resources to Make Informed Choices

EPA Introduces New Graphic to Help Identify Protection Time

On July 17, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a new graphic that will be available to appear on insect repellent product labels. The graphic will show consumers how many hours a product will repel mosquitoes and/or ticks when used as directed.

We are working to create a system that does for bug repellents what SPF labeling did for sunscreens. By providing vital information to consumers, this new graphic will help parents, hikers and the general public better protect themselves and their families from serious health threats caused by mosquitoes and ticks. We are encouraging manufacturers to submit applications so they can add the graphic to their registered repellent products. - Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

In a joint statement, the EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging the public to use insect repellents and take other precautions to avoid biting insects that carry serious diseases. In the United States, ticks can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. Mosquitoes can transmit debilitating diseases including West Nile virus, and St. Louis encephalitis.