The Ultimate DEET Quiz
by Staff
Products containing DEET can keep mosquitoes from spoiling your next outdoor adventure. It's important to follow product directions for best use. Take this quiz to learn more about using DEET.

How many deaths per year are a result of mosquito bites?

  • one million
  • two million
  • five million

Why do people die from mosquitoes?

  • malaria
  • infection
  • AIDS

What is the household name for N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide?

  • DDT
  • DEET
  • both answers

Other than mosquitoes, DEET also repels what other insects?

  • fleas
  • ticks
  • both answers

When was DEET developed?

  • 1942
  • 1946
  • 1965

When was DEET approved for use by the general public?

  • 1946
  • 1957
  • 1967

How do you apply DEET?

  • apply to skin
  • apply to clothing
  • both answers

Why does DEET repel insects?

  • Scientists do not know for sure why DEET works.
  • Mosquitoes do not like the scent of DEET.
  • Neither answer is wrong.

What happens if DEET comes into contact with plastic?

  • melt it
  • remove the color
  • both answers

How do DEET and DDT differ?

  • DDT was banned in the U.S.
  • DDT is a man-made chemical.
  • Both answers are correct.

How many products contain DEET?

  • 100
  • 105
  • 140

Products are offered in what concentrations of DEET?

  • 4 to 100 percent
  • 5 to 20 percent
  • 20 to 60 percent

What does 100 percent concentration mean for the product's effectiveness?

  • last longer
  • repel more insects
  • both answers

What concentration should you select for an outdoor activity such as a fishing trip?

  • 5 to 7 percent
  • 25 to 30 percent
  • 35 to 55 percent

What is the Canadian limit for DEET concentration for consumer products?

  • 5 percent
  • 30 percent
  • 75 percent

What does the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend regarding the use of DEET for children?

  • use on all children
  • use on children older than two months
  • use on children older than two years

DEET is slightly toxic to what animals?

  • birds
  • fish
  • both answers

Why is DEET reputed to cause cancer?

  • confuse with DDT
  • does cause cancer
  • may cause cancer

Why should you not use DEET on skin that will be covered by clothing?

  • absorbed by the skin
  • stain the clothing
  • burn the clothing

Where should you not apply DEET products?

  • open wounds
  • ears
  • both answers