The Ultimate Kid-Safe Insect Repellent Quiz
by Staff
There are good reasons for parents to be concerned about their children's insect bites, some of which can lead to serious complications. Yet, parents also know that DEET, the No. 1 one bug repellant ingredient, may also have serious health consequences. What is a parent to do? Take this quiz and learn about DEET, viral encephalitis and how to protect yourself and your children from mosquitoes.

How does viral encephalitis occur?

  • from a black fly bite
  • from a mosquito bite
  • from a tick

What are the acute symptoms encephalitis?

  • difficulty breathing and memory loss
  • seizures and behavioral changes
  • both of the above

What percentage of West Nile virus cases lead to viral encephalitis?

  • 1 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 20 percent

What is DEET?

  • a common active ingredient in bug repellant
  • a naturally occurring ingredient in bug repellant
  • a neurotoxin found in mosquitoes

How does DEET work?

  • It creates a toxic smell for bugs.
  • It masks human odor from bugs.
  • It's unclear how it works.

What are the possible health consequences of DEET exposure?

  • seizures
  • heart attacks
  • both of the above

Which two groups are most vulnerable to the health consequences of DEET exposure?

  • children and the elderly
  • children and adults with compromised immune systems
  • pregnant women and children

How do you get rid off mosquito larvae in an abandoned, filled swimming pool?

  • with fish
  • with insecticide
  • by draining the pool

What's the best way to prevent mosquitoes in your backyard?

  • Use citronella candles
  • Eliminate standing water.
  • Regularly use insecticide spray.

How come you can't see mosquito larvae in standing water?

  • Mosquito larvae are too small to be seen by the naked eye.
  • Mosquito larvae are at the bottom of the pool of water.
  • Mosquito larvae are the same color as murky water.

What does it mean that DEET is a “plasticizer”?

  • It is made out of plastic.
  • It can deteriorate plastic.
  • It has the same chemical makeup as plastic.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Center for Disease Control did extensive reviews of DEET in the past few years. Based on these reviews, what are the new recommendations for DEET use in children?

  • It should never be used on children.
  • It can be used sparingly on children.
  • It can be used liberally on children.

How effective are natural bug repellants compared to DEET bug repellants?

  • more effective
  • just as effective
  • less effective

Which of the following common bug repellants was found to be “far less effective” compared to DEET bug repellants?

  • citronella candles
  • peppermint oil
  • both of the above

What naturally occurring product is just as effective in repelling mosquitoes as a bug spray with a low DEET concentration?

  • soybean oil
  • olive oil
  • canola oil

What is geranoil?

  • a synthetic bug repellant ingredient
  • an alcohol found in essential plant oils
  • a homeopathic remedy for mosquito bites

How long can lemon eucalyptus oil protect against mosquitoes?

  • one hour
  • two hours
  • three hours

Lemon eucalyptus oil should not be used on children under the age of:

  • one
  • three
  • six

When does DEET exposure result in high DEET blood concentrations?

  • If it is ingested
  • If it is applied on the skin.
  • either of the above

Several research studies have examined the relationship between DEET exposure and seizures in children. What is the overall finding from these studies?

  • DEET causes seizures in children.
  • DEET may predispose children for seizures.
  • The relationship between DEET exposure and seizures may be coincidental.