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New mosquito repellent

Valdosta - With conditions ideal for mosquito breeding, a new repellent has been approved for protection against the disease-carrying insects.

After years of promoting the chemical DEET as the best defense against West Nile bearing mosquitoes, the C.D.C. is recommending repellents that contain the chemical picaridin or the oil of lemon eucalyptus as an alternative to DEET.

Both chemicals are safe and offer long lasting protection against mosquitoes.

"The good thing about Picaridin is that it is safe for children of all ages and with DEET, pregnant women and women who have children under the age of two could not use DEET, " said Jennifer Steedley of Public Health.

Mosquito repellent alone can't protect you against West Nile. Be mindful of your surroundings. Remove all standing water from around you house and limit outdoor activity during peak times for mosquitoes.

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