Biting insects, mites and ticks are a part of our environment. Whether we are hiking in woodlands or gardening in our backyard, we are potentially exposed to these pests. These bloodsucking animals are attracted to people by a number of chemical and physical factors, including carbon dioxide from our breath, body heat and chemicals in our sweat and on the surface of our skin. Certain colors and textures of clothing and even the odor from soaps, perfumes, lotions, and hair care products may attract mosquitoes and some biting flies. When used sensibly, repellents will provide some personal protection from biting insects and mites. The following information is presented to answer some commonly asked questions about repellents and mechanical devices that allegedly repel insects and ticks…..