The new compound, developed by researchers at the University of Florida and the USDA (US Department of Agriculture), called “N-acylpiperidines” has an active ingredient related to pepper.
The potential breakthrough involving this chemical has to do with length of protection time. DEET traditionally protects for approximately 17 days, while N-acylpiperidine protects for up to 73 days, as reported by the article. However, the testing still needs to be completed in “real-world” scenarios and involving application directly to human skin. Still, a very exciting idea!
Another good article can be found here:
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Another post about DEET safety in Pregnancy, from this blog.