Insect Repellents

The US Environmental Protection Agency has a search tool you can use to select the right mosquito repellent for you.  You may want to select a different product for your child, or for a location that you know has a lot of mosquitoes, or for an event that will last all day.

Click image to go to search tool.      

The search tool allows you to specify the:
  • insect (mosquito, tick, or both)
  • protection time,
  • active ingredient, or
  • other product-specific information.
Consider these factors when choosing an insect repellent:
  • Do you need protection from mosquitoes, ticks or both?
  • How long will you be exposed to them? Be sure to use a product with a protection time that fits your activity.

​For the safe and effective use of pesticide products, always read the product label before using the product. More about safe use of insect repellents.

Notes about the results:
  • The results from the search tool include only skin-applied insect repellent products registered by EPA. No unregistered products are listed.
  • The registration number means the company provided EPA with technical information on the safety of the product and its effectiveness against mosquitoes and/or ticks. While this technical information is based on scientific testing guidelines and approved study methods, there are variations in the resulting protection times because of differences in the testing conditions.
  • A single registered insect repellent product may have multiple product names that a company may use for marketing purposes. You can look for the registration number of repellents products you buy and check them against this database.
  • Some of the products listed may not be available in all areas of the United States.

​Disclaimer: 

  • Any products listed are for informational purposes only. Inclusion of a product listed/referenced is not an endorsement.
  • EPA and the U.S. Government do not endorse any product or service.
  • The information in this database was last updated in February 2016.
  • If you believe a product not on the list should be included, use the contact us link to request that the product be added.​