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The pros and cons of the insect repellent DEET

Developed for American soldiers in World War 2, DEET has long been the most famous and effective ingredient in bug sprays. 

Otherwise known as diethyltoluamide, DEET has proven to be extremely potent against insects, but a controversy regarding its safety has put it in a questionable light. 

In the mid 1980s, a study was conducted by Everglades National Park in which, “The authors concluded that skin rashes, daytime sleepiness and impaired cognitive function are significantly associated with DEET exposure.”

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