In a joint statement released today, EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging the public to use insect repellents and take other precautions to avoid biting insects that carry serious diseases. In the United States, ticks can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. Mosquitoes can transmit debilitating diseases including West Nile virus, and St. Louis encephalitis.
Incidence of these diseases is on the rise. CDC estimates that there are about 300,000 cases of tick-transmitted Lyme disease in the United States each year. Effective insect repellents can protect against serious mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. Using the right repellent and taking other preventive actions can discourage bites from ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects.
Companies’ voluntary placement of the new label graphic on insect repellent product labels will make it easier for consumers to choose a repellent. In order to place the graphic on their labels, manufacturers must submit a label amendment, including adequate test results to support the graphic and meet stringent safety standards. The public could see the graphic on repellent products early next year.
Current labels of skin-applied repellent products do not make it easy for consumers to identify the insects repelled by a product and how long it will work. EPA has worked with manufacturers and the public to create the new graphic that displays consumer information in a more prominent and standardized format. The graphic will only be placed on products that are applied directly to the skin.
Companies will be able to request approval to use this graphic through the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act registration process.
View the graphic and additional information: www2.epa.gov/insect-repellents/repellency-awareness-graphic
See the joint statement from EPA and CDC: www2.epa.gov/insect-repellents/joint-statement-insect-repellents-epa-and-cdc
See the new website on insect repellency:www2.epa.gov/insect-repellents
For more information on diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks:Ticks, Westnile,Chikungunya, Dengue