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Insect Repellent

Choosing the right insect repellent for your holiday can be the difference between a great holiday or a dismal one. Choose the right repellent with our Insect Repellent Guide. Please note this is a guide and not a rule book, so do what suits you!

Insect Repellent

  • DEET is generally recognised as the most effective insect repellent. It's ideal for use in a concentrated form in serious, disease infested areas, but it can also be used on a regular basis.

  • Icaridin (also known as Saltidin or Picaridin) was developed as an alternative to DEET. IR3535 is another alternative that can be used in low risk areas.

  • DEET is all very well, but sometimes it's nice to be able to use a more natural alternative. Some of them like Citriodiol can be quite effective as an insect repellent for every day use.

  • People sometimes worry about using some insect repellents for children but there are milder products available that strike a good balance between the level of protection and concern.

  • Insect repelling wrist bands, patches and wipes are an ideal alternative if you don't want to spray!

  • Most people quickly see the need for insect repellents when they're out and about - but you often need them when you're inside as well.

  • Citronella has been used in candles for many years and whilst it should never be relied on in high risk areas it can be quite helpful in some situations.

  • Permethrin treatments provide long-lasting protection against biting insects when sprayed on textiles, e.g. clothing, tents, sun shelters and rucksacks.

  • Ben's, Bushmans, Care Plus, Design Go Travel, Incognito, Jungle Formula, LifeSystems, Mosiband, Mosi-Guard, Natural Patches, Skin So Soft, Smidge, Totally Herby and Trek.