DEET Might not Work Against Some Mosquitoes, Study Finds

Orono - A recent study on mosquitoes is pushing scientists to discover new types of insect repellent.
 
We've relies on DEET to keep the pesky bugs at bay for decades. But, according to a new study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine proves mosquitoes can actually become desensitized to the insect repellent.
 
 
Experts at the University of Maine say this information isn't alarming, but it is eye-opening.  
 
 
Officials say you should not stop using repellents. DEET, which can be found in most, is still the most effective way of preventing mosquito bites.

 

 

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Lindsey joined the WVII ABC7 and WFVX FOX Bangor news team in January of 2012. Raised in Arlington, Mass., Lindsey graduated from Endicott College located in Beverly, Mass. where she majored in Communication. While attending college on the North Shore Lindsey ran the campus newspaper, the Endicott Observer, lead the Endicott Gulls field hockey team as Captain in the 2009 & 2010 seasons, and played for the women’s club hockey team.

For two years Lindsey worked at WCVB Channel 5 News Boston as an ENG producer and writer, while also filling in for various positions in
Chronicle, the station’s nightly news magazine. Additionally, Lindsey contributed to the production of two MDA Labor Day telethons.

When she’s not in the field she can be found on the ice. Lindsey helps out with Brewer’s Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play program and plays on a men’s league team. She also helped to establish Brewer’s first youth under-12 girl’s hockey team.

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