Skip Navigation LinksHow-to-Use-Repellent

insect repellent toolkit

How to Use Repellent

Types of repellents

You are most likely to find insect repellent in a spray can or bottle for applying on skin or clothing. Insect repellent in any form should always be applied according to label instructions, which are usually listed on the back of the product container.

General Instructions for Spray Repellent

How-to-Apply Repellent


  • Hold the spray can 6 to 8 inches away from yourself in an open area, and spray slowly and evenly across your clothes and exposed skin
  • Apply repellent to your face or your child’s face by first spraying repellent into your hands, and then applying
  • Wash your hands with soap after applying repellent, especially before eating or drinking


  • Spray repellent in enclosed areas 
  • Spray repellent at insects to kill them 
  • Spray repellent under your clothes
  • Spray repellent directly on your face or on anyone’s face
  • Apply repellent near your eyes, nose, mouth, or on cuts or open wounds
  • Allow children to apply insect repellent themselves
  • Spray repellent on your child’s hands (children often put their hands in their mouth)
  • Reapply repellent more often than directed by the product label, unless you get wet


Things to remember about repellent use

Page Last Updated :