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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!
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.