How do insects detect DEET?

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How do insects detect DEET?
« on: 03/10/2013 14:55:08 »
The chemical receptor on the mosquito antenna for the insect repellent DEET has been discovered by US scientists...

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Re: How do insects detect DEET?
« Reply #1 on: 03/10/2013 20:53:43 »
If the concern is DEET resistance, or the ability to ignore DEET, perhaps one should look for similar receptors, rather than finding more chemicals to activate the same receptor.

There have, however, been people looking for mosquito repellents that don't contain DEET, so this may help with screening alternatives.