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mosiguard_main__34824.1383789874.1280.1280Mosi-guard Natural’s® ingredients

Full details of Mosi-guard Natural’s ingredients. This is important to people looking for a naturally and sustainably sourced insect repellent which is also a DEET free alternative to synthetic insect repellents.

Mosi-guard Natural® Spray ingredients

Mosi-guard Natural® spray is an oil and water based solution.

Main ingredients

  1. 30% Citriodiol® — The active ingredient comes from a botanical oil found in the leaves of the eucalyptus citriodora tree. This is responsible for the repellency of Mosi-guard Natural® products. The main component in Citriodiol is p-menthane-3,8-diol or PMD, making up at least 64% of the oil.
  2. Aqua — Water provides a liquid base for the product.
  3. Denatured ethanol and isopropyl alcohol — Forms of non-drinkable alcohol used as solvents to help blend the active ingredient (which is oily) into the product.

Mosi-guard Natural® Spray Extra ingredients

Mosi-guard Natural® Spray Extra is a hydroalcoholic solution. The main difference in the ingredients of Spray and Spray Extra is that the Spray Extra contains 40% Citriodiol® compared to 30% Citriodiol in the Spray.

Main ingredients

  1. 40% Citriodiol — The active ingredient comes from a botanical oil found in the leaves of the eucalyptus citriodora tree. This is responsible for the repellency of Mosi-guard Natural® products. The main component in Citriodiol is p-menthane-3,8-diol or PMD, making up at least 64% of the oil.
  2. Aqua — Water provides a liquid base for the product.
  3. Denatured ethanol and isopropyl alcohol — Forms of non-drinkable alcohol used as solvents to help blend the active ingredient (which is oily) into the product.

Mosi-guard Natural® Roll-on ingredients

Mosi-guard Natural® Roll-on is an emulsion. An emulsion is a mixture of two phases that will not mix together under normal circumstances, in this case oil and water. To prevent the two phases from separating we use stabilisers.

Main ingredients

  1. 30% Citriodiol® — The active ingredient comes from a botanical oil found in the leaves of the eucalyptus citriodora tree. This is responsible for the repellency of Mosi-guard Natural® products. The main component in Citriodiol is p-menthane-3,8-diol or PMD, making up at least 64% of the oil.
  2. Aqua — Water is used to provide a liquid base for the emulsion.Minor ingredients (≤ 10%)
  3. Isohexadecane — A clear, odourless, apolar oil with 99% purity. It has a light velvety skin feel and functions as an emollient. It provides a moisturising effect by limiting water loss from the skin.
  4. Diisopropyl Adipate — This is the ester formed by combining isopropyl alcohol and adipic acid. Adipic acid is found in beet juice. It acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface and give it a soft and smooth appearance.
  5. Steareth-21 — A waxy solid derived from fatty alcohols. It is prepared from vegetable oils by hydrogenation. It emulsifies and disperses the oily materials into the water to form a stable emulsion.
  6. PEG-8 Distearate and Steareth-2 — Waxy solids used as co-emulsifiers for oil-in water emulsions. They work in combination with steareth-21 to form a glossy white lotion.
  7. Cetearyl Alcohol — A waxy solid derived from fatty alcohol. It acts as an emulsion stabiliser and prevents separation of the oils and water.
  8. Disodium EDTA — EDTA acts as an antioxidant. Without EDTA colours and odours can break down.
  9. Sodium Lactate Aqua — A natural salt formed from fermentation of lactic acid and dissolved in water. It improves the stability of the product by creating an undesirable environment for bacteria. The other benefit of sodium lactate is its high capacity for holding water. This will increase the moisture content of the skin.
  10. C18-22 Hydroxyalkyl Hydroxypropyl Guar — A thickener and emulsion stabiliser that improves the feel and texture of the product by increasing its thickness.
  11. Hydrogenated  Polydecene, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate and Trideceth-10 — These increase the thickness of the product and improve its feel and texture.
  12. Lactic Acid Aqua — Used to adjust the final pH of the product.

Mosi-guard Natural® Stick ingredients

Mosi-guard Natural® stick is a solid insect repellent formula.

Main ingredients

  1. 32% Citriodiol® — The active ingredient comes from a botanical oil found in the leaves of the eucalyptus citriodora tree. This is responsible for the repellency of Mosi-guard Natural® products. The main component in Citriodiol is p-menthane-3,8-diol or PMD, making up at least 64% of the oil.
  2. Butylene glycol — This solvent stops the active ingredient, Citriodiol, from crystallising. It also helps to keep the skin moist and prevents bacteria growth.
  3. Glycerine — A viscous (sugar alcohol) common in cosmetic products. It is derived from vegetable oils and is a by-product of soap manufacture. It is used to improve smoothness by providing lubrication and moisturising effects.Minor ingredients (≤ 10%)
  4. Sodium Stearate — A white solid that is the main component in soap. It thickens the product into the solid stick and works to improve its texture and feel.
  5. Cetyl Alcohol — A waxy solid that thickens the product. It acts an emollient and thickener to form the stick and prevents water loss from the stick.


source:    http://www.mosi-guard.com/about-mosi-guard/

 

Q & A

More about Mosi-guard Natural® in terms of how it is different from DEET based mosquito repellents as well as product information related to warning labels, animal testing and safety.

  1. Why is Mosi-guard Natural a unique insect repellent?
  2. What is DEET?
  3. DEET versus DEET free?
  4. What are the problems associated with DEET and how do they compare to Citriodiol?
  5. Is Mosi-guard Natural as effective as DEET based repellents?
  6. How can I be sure Mosi-guard Natural will work?
  7. Why do Mosi-guard Natural products have the irritating to eyes warning label?
  8. Why do Mosi-guard Natural products have flammable warning labels?
  9. Does Mosi-guard Natural contain allergens?
  10. Is Mosi-guard Natural safe for plants, animals and our planet?
  11. Some ingredients in Mosi-guard Natural® insect repellents sound very ‘chemically’ for products with a plant based active. Why is this?
  12. Are Mosi-guard Natural® insect repellents really naturally sourced?
  13. Why do Mosi-guard Natural® insect repellents contain alcohol?
  14. What is Citriodiol®?
  15. Can I use Mosi-guard Natural® if I am pregnant?
  16. How can I be sure Mosi-guard Natural will work?
  17. Can I use Mosi-guard Natural abroad?
  18. Can I use Mosi-guard Natural on babies and young children?
  19. How long does Mosi-guard Natural last as an effective insect repellent?
  20. What can I do to avoid these insect bites?

  21. What diseases does each insect spread and where are they found?
  22. Are there any insects and insect bites to worry about in the UK?
1. Why is Mosi-guard  Natural® a unique insect repellent?

You may think that a naturally and sustainably sourced insect repellent like Mosi-guard Natural® might not work. You may be concerned that naturally derived products may not be tested as thoroughly as more established, synthetic repellents. But Mosi-guard Natural® is one plant-based repellent that entomologists and regulators around the world agree is truly effective without raising the growing concerns about neurotoxicity and high dermal absorption seen in synthetic products such as DEET.

This active ingredient is sold under the brand name Citriodiol® and known generically as either PMD rich botanic oil (PMDRBO) or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE). Citriodiol® is made from the sustainably produced essential oil from the eucalyptus citriodora tree. Unlike other essential oil based products, it has passed the most rigorous safety and efficacy tests. For example, it has met the highest standards obtaining unconditional registration at the following agencies

Citriodiol® is also currently being evaluated under the European Biocidal Products Regulation.

You may think that insect repellents are similar to moisturisers or face creams in terms of the tests they have to pass to be brought to market. In fact, the tests for insect repellents are much more comprehensive and strict. For example, insect repellents must pass comprehensive human health (and often environmental) risk assessments by the relevant authorities, neither of which are required for cosmetics.

So, if you are looking for a family-friendly insect repellent which not only works really well, but also supports the planet, Citriodiol® is for you. Look for the Citriodiol® logo on the back of many major brands of insect repellent or buy Mosi-guard Natural.

 2. What is DEET?

DEET is an old fashioned insect repellent which was registered for public use in 1957. It is derived from coal tar and is the most well known insect repellent. It is a synthetic chemical and powerful solvent.

 3. DEET versus DEET free?

The main difference is the active ingredient. The active ingredient in Mosi-guard Natural® is Citriodiol®. Unlike DEET which is a synthetic chemical active, Citriodiol is plant based, also known as Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Other differences relate to the problems associated with DEET.

In recent years, concerns have surfaced about the use of the insect repellent DEET. There have been a small number of serious neurotoxic effects reported in small children, as well as documented mosquito resistance and accumulation of DEET in some US public waterway. Many consumers also object to DEET’s strong, chemically smell and the fact that it melts plastic upon contact. This has prompted consumers to seek DEET free alternatives.

Mosi-guard Natural® products are all entirely DEET free. They don’t melt plastic, the contain and active that is biodegradable and there is no known accumulation in any public waterways. In addition, the most recent toxicity safety profile being reviewed by the European authorities show it is appropriate for use on children at 6 months and unlike any other naturally sourced active ingredient, the active in Mosi-guard Natural® has been recommended for use by the US Center for Disease Control to repel mosquitoes carrying insect borne disease.

 4. What are the problems associated with DEET and how do they compare to Citriodiol?

There are five main areas of concern about DEET. These concerns do not apply to Citriodiol which is the plant based active in Mosi-guard Natural®.

  1. A powerful solvent
    As a powerful solvent, DEET can damage plastics, paints and synthetic fabrics, causing permanent damage and it will make colours run. DEET should be kept away from climbing ropes, watches, compasses, cameras, fishing tackle and sports equipment.
  2. Rapidly absorbed
    DEET is rapidly absorbed through the skin. This can lead to problems especially in young children. As a result there are restrictions on children under the age of 12 using DEET and guidelines suggest you should only use DEET 1-2 times a day. In contrast, very little Mosi-guard Natural® is absorbed through the skin so children as young as 6 months can use Mosi-guard Natural® and there are no restrictions on how often it can be used.
  3. Resistance is developing
    There are now reports of mosquito resistance to DEET. They have never been seen to show any tolerance of Citriodiol products like Mosi-guard Natural®.
  4. Environmental concerns
    DEET is a synthetic chemical and powerful solvent that has been detected in relatively large quantities in major waterways. In contrast, Citriodiol, is deemed to be safe for plants and animals mainly because it is readily biodegradable. Also, Citriodiol does not introduce any new substances to the ecosystem.
  5. The DEET experience
    Many people find the oily feel and smell of DEET unpleasant and skin reactions are common.
 5. Is Mosi-guard Natural® as effective as DEET based repellents?

Yes. The active ingredient in Mosi-guard Natural® is Citriodiol®, nature’s most effective insect repellent. Our efficacy data shows that Citriodiol works just as well as DEET, giving 6-8 hours Complete Protection Time compared to 6-10 hours Complete Protection Time from DEET based repellents. And the Mosi-guard Natural® Spray Extra provides 10+ hours of protection. So Citriodiol in Mosi-guard Natural® is just as effective as DEET but without the associated problems  — it is a whole lot better for you and the environment.

 6. How can I be sure Mosi-guard Natural® will work?

More than 35 studies have been conducted on products like Mosi-guard Natural® that contain the active ingredient Citriodiol (also known as PMD rich botanic oil and PMDRBO). Each of these reflect a level of efficacy that far exceeds that of any other plant-based repellent and is in fact on par with synthetic repellents like DEET.

You can feel confident that this wealth of data translates to strong protection because it has been proven robust enough to support product approvals with some of the strictest authorities, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as a recommendation by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC), which reference it by its generic name in the US, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

 7. Why do Mosi-guard Natural® products have the irritating to eyes warning label?

You will find the ‘irritating to eyes’ warning on all Mosi-guard Natural® products because Citriodiol, the active ingredient in Mosi-guard Natural®, stings when it gets in your eyes. There is sufficient quantity of Citriodiol in Mosi-guard Natural® products to have this stinging effect. Mosi-guard Natural® Spray and Mosi-guard Natural® Spray Extra also contain isopropyl alcohol which can irritate the eyes if sprayed directly to the eyes. According to EU directives which govern packaging and labelling, we meet the criteria for a category two eye irritant which requires us to display a hazard warning. Most products designed for use on the skin will irritate the eyes if applied directly on, or too close to the eyes. This warning simply alerts you to this fact.

 8. Why do the Mosi-guard Natural® Sprays have a flammable warning?

According to EU directives the Spray products are a category three flammable liquid which requires the flammable warning you see on Mosi-guard Natural® Spray and Mosi-guard Natural® Spray Extra. This means if these two products are directly ignited they can catch fire. You will find the ‘flammable’ warning on the Mosi-guard Natural® Spray and Spray Extra (and not on the Mosi-guard Natural® Stick or Roll-on) because the spray products contain flammable alcohol content in the same way that products like deodorant and hair spray do.

 9. Does Mosi-guard Natural® contain any allergens?

The allergens, citronellol (ca. 7%), linalool (<0.5%) and limonene (<0.5%) are all present in Eucalyptus Citriodora Oil, an ingredient found in Mosi-guard Natural®. Therefore, these allergens are also found in Mosi-guard Natural® and consumers with heightened sensitivity to these allergens should avoid using Mosi-guard Natural®.

 10. Is Mosi-guard Natural® safe for plants, animals and our planet?

Unlike synthetic substances which may upset the balance of our ecosystem by adding chemicals that mother nature never had in her plan, the active substance in Mosi-guard Natural® (Citriodiol®, also known as PMD rich botanic oil and PMDRBO) is derived from the Eucalyptus Citriodora tree. Use of our plant based mosquito repellent will not upset the earth’s natural balance.

Citriodiol is also biodegradable, which is important to the well-being of plants and animals. Instead of building up to potentially harmful high levels in waterways or soil, it simply breaks down over a relatively short period of time. This is in contrast to other repellents, like DEET, that have been recorded at noticeable levels in some public waterways. We also work hard to ensure Mosi-guard Natural® products are ethically and sustainably sourced.

We have never tested the effect of Mosi-guard Natural® on pets or any other animals. We would therefore recommend against using these products on animals.

11.  Some ingredients in Mosi-guard Natural® insect repellents sound very ‘chemically’ for products with a plant based active. Why is this?
Mosi-guard Natural® products combine the best of Mother Nature and the most suitable modern day formulatory tools to bring you a range of insect repellent products that are truly efficacious, skin kind, long lasting and suitable for your whole family. Here is more information about our ingredients.

12. Are Mosi-guard Natural® insect repellents really naturally sourced?
Mosi-guard Natural’s® active ingredient comes directly from lemon eucalyptus citriodora oil. This essential oil is sustainably harvested from the leaves and twigs of the eucalyptus citriodora tree by a simple process of steam distillation. In nature, the main component of the oil is citronellal and as the oil ages, that citronellal gradually turns into p-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD).
Some PMD is found in the “young” oil but only in small amounts. Because it is not possible to distill the oil when it is more mature and because the PMD is central to the oil efficacy in repelling biting insects, our suppliers harvest the oil from leaves that are about 18 months old. We then mimic nature by turning the rest of the citronellal into more PMD without adding anything extra to the finished product. This is how Mosi-guard Natural® insect repellents can come from a natural source but still work really well in repelling bugs.

13. Why do Mosi-guard Natural® insect repellents contain alcohol?
All Mosi-guard Natural® products contain types of non-drinkable alcohol that are routinely used in cosmetic products and that are approved for use in consumer products.  We can recommend them with confidence because each of our products has undergone rigorous reviews required for their sale around the world.
In case you still have concerns, here are the types of alcohol our products contain:
•    Mosi-guard Natural® Spray and Spray Extra contain ethanol and isopropyl alcohol which we use as solvents because the active ingredient is oily and won’t mix into a spray form with just water
•    Mosi-guard Natural® Roll-on contains cetearyl alcohol, a waxy solid, which we use as an emulsifier and emollient to improve the feel of the products on the skin and provide a moisturising effect
•    Mosi-guard Natural® Stick contains cetyl alcohol, used as an emulsifier and emollient and glycerine, a sugar alcohol used to improve smoothness through its lubrication and moisturising effects

14. What is Citriodiol®?
The active ingredient in Mosi-guard Natural® insect repellent is Citriodiol. Citriodiol is the trade name for p-menthane 3.8 diol botanic oil (PMDRBO) which can also be called PMD. In the USA Citriodiol is registered and known as oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE).

15. Can I use Mosi-guard Natural® if I am pregnant?
There have been no formal studies on pregnant women. However, if you do need to use a repellent, Mosi-guard Natural® would be a logical choice as it is plant based and                   *very little is absorbed through the skin
* Editor’s note: not true – the skin absorbs most everything, if not everything you put on it

16. How can I be sure Mosi-guard Natural® will work?

More than 35 studies have been conducted on products like Mosi-guard Natural® that contain the active ingredient Citriodiol (also known as PMD rich botanic oil and PMDRBO). Each of these reflect a level of efficacy that far exceeds that of any other plant-based repellent and is in fact on par with synthetic repellents like DEET.

You can feel confident that this wealth of data translates to strong protection because it has been proven robust enough to support product approvals with some of the strictest authorities, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as a recommendation by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC), which reference it by its generic name in the US, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

17. Can I use Mosi-guard Natural® abroad?

Mosi-guard Natural® is a regulated and proven plant based insect repellent with strong efficacy data that shows it is just as effective as synthetic insect repellents. Therefore, Mosi-guard Natural® can be used abroad.

18. Can I use Mosi-guard Natural® as an insect repellent for babies and children?

There has been extensive experience with the use of Mosi-guard Natural® as an insect repellent for babies from 6 months onwards. There is less experience with very young babies. Many people choose to use Mosi-guard Natural® insect repellent for babies and young children because very little of the active ingredient is absorbed through the skin. As baby’s skin can be sensitive, we always suggest that you apply a little of the repellent to a patch of skin before making a full application. It is essential to protect babies if taking them into areas where Malaria and other diseases may be a risk.

19. How long does Mosi-guard Natural® last as an effective insect repellent?

A study conducted at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine showed that Mosi-guard Natural® is effective for 11 hours against free-flying Mosquitoes when applied at normal consumer rates. In trials of this nature the subjects are inactive. Repellents may wear off more quickly if you are active or perspiring and should be reapplied more frequently.

20. What can I do to avoid these insect bites?

Always find out the most up-to-date information on insects and diseases for your travel destination. Websites like Know Before You Go and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases provide such useful information. GPs and travel clinics can also offer valuable advice about the most effective preventative medication for your destination.

However, it is important to note that no preventative medication offers 100% protection, so it is very important to avoid being bitten.

Mosquito bite prevention

Keep covered up
Most mosquitoes bite between dusk and dawn. Avoid exposing your skin by wearing long sleeved shirts and trousers. Aedes mosquitoes which transmit dengue and yellow fever are mainly active during the day with their peak biting times shortly after sunrise and just before sunset. To avoid being bitten by these daytime biters avoid outdoor shady conditions and sleep under a mosquito net if you take a siesta.

Use effective insect repellent
If your skin is exposed then it is important to use a safe and effective insect repellent on all areas of exposed skin.

Use a mosquito net at night
Mosquito nets provide very good protection especially when impregnated with the residual insecticide permethrin. Permethrin is poorly absorbed by the skin and has a low mammalian toxicity. There are a number of different styles of mosquito net and you should choose the one most suitable for where you are.

Air-conditioning
Sleeping in a room with air-conditioning will discourage mosquitoes.

Use a plug-in insecticide vaporiser
Use a knockdown spray (any fly spray will do) to clear the room of mosquitoes. Plug-in insecticide vaporisers are very effective for overnight protection as long as the room is relatively free from draughts. The vaporisers consist of a heating pad onto which an insecticide soaked tablet is placed. The insecticide gradually vaporises throughout the night killing any mosquitoes that get into the room.

Spray mosquito breeding grounds
If you are staying for long periods in areas where mosquitoes are a problem, then remember that they breed in stagnant water. Mosquitoes lay eggs in as little as a quarter inch of standing water. A good mosquito bite prevention method is to ensure mosquito breeding areas within 500 yards of your accommodation are regularly sprayed or eliminated.

Midge bite prevention

Midges are tiny swarming insects that are common in the Scottish Highlands during the summer months. Bites from midges do not transmit disease but can make life almost unbearable. Mosi-guard Natural® will help stop midges from biting but not from swarming around you. You can avoid midges with anti-midge hats, midge body suits and midge netting (smaller than mosquito nets) to cover tent entrances. Natural remedies include garlic, marmite, yeast tablets, sprigs of bog-myrtle or burning citronella.

Tick bite prevention

Tick bites spread lyme disease in the UK and abroad. There is currently no vaccine against lyme disease so you must be aware that areas with ground cover, foliage and diverse wildlife can pose a risk of ticks. To prevent tick bites use an insect repellent and keep covered up. Tucking your trouser legs into your socks will help. After being outside in tick prone areas be sure to check your body, pets and clothing for ticks. Carry a tick remover so you can quickly remove ticks and reduce the chance of disease transmission.



Source:    http://blog.cherrytreecountryclothing.com/deet-repellent-verses-mosi-guard-natural-insect-repellent/

Have you ever wondered what the benefits and disadvantages of using chemically based repellents are?  

Have you thought about Deet and perhaps compared it with a natural based insect repellent such as Mosi guard?

Listed below is a comprehensive list of the major benefits of using Mosi Guard natural insect repellent, compared to the chemical based Deet insect repellent.

Mosi-guard-natural-extra-sprayMosi-Guard Natural Insect Repellent

Mosi guard natural insect repellent is 100% natural and is made from renewable resources. The main ingredient is Citriodiol which is a lemon eucalyptus oil. Insects such as mosquitoes, sandflies, midges, ticks and leeches find this eucalyptus oil distasteful, resulting in confused and disorientated insects.

Mosi-guard natural insect repellent is recommended for adults, children and babies from 3 months of age and is suitable for both high risk and low risk geographical areas. It can be used for walking, hiking, treking, hunting, golfing, farming or fishing.  You can also use it when at the beach, relaxing in the garden, or cycling, climbing or camping.

Extensive research and tests have been carried out on insects in Tanzania, Malaysia, Bolivia – tests have even been conducted on the midges in Scotland, with positive results in every situation! Plus, the Mosi guard repellent is the only plant based repellent that is recognised as being effective by leading authorities.

Mosi guard is actively supporting the BADA-UK (Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness – UK) charity in promoting public awareness of Lyme disease and protection against tick bites. For every Mosi guard sold within the UK, a donation to BADA is made. For further information, check out the BADA-UK website – www.bada-uk.org.

In summary, the 100% natural Mosi guard insect repellent will protect you against:

  • Mosquitoes
  • Sandflies
  • Ticks
  • Midges
  • Leeches

 Mosi guard Natural Insect Repellent – Benefits and Disadvantages

Benefits Disadvantages
  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Repels up to 10 hours
  • Suitable for adults, children and babies from 3 months old
  • Use in high and low risks geographical areas
  • Uses renewable resources therefore environmentally friendly
  • Protects against Mosquitoes, Sandflies, Midges, Ticks and Leeches
  • No adverse effects on clothing or plastic equipment
  • Fresh, lemon smell
  • Supports BADA- UK Charity
  • Tested in Tanzania, Malaysia, Bolivia, and even on midges in Scotland
  • Can be washed off easily
  • Kind to your skin
  • Can cause eye and mouth area to sting if applied incorrectly
  • Can feel slightly sticky/oily when applied initially
  • If pregnant, you are advised to consult a doctor before use

Deet Insect Repellent

Deet insect repellent is a chemical based repellent made from coal tar. First introduced and used in the late 1940’s by the US Army, Deet (or Diethyl Toluamide) is used in high risk environments where there is a high number of malaria – carrying mosquitoes.

There are three strengths of Deet available:

  • Deet 30% concentration – suitable for most holiday destinations
  • Deet 50% concentration – can be used by children and adults
  • Deet 100% concentration – should be used on clothing only

There has always been some concerns over using chemically based Deet insect repellent on our health and equipment. Testing revealed that Deet insect repellent should be kept away from climbing ropes, watches, compasses, cameras, rucksacks and any sports equipment as it has an adverse affect on plastic. Plus, Deet can also make colours run on fabric.

More recent studies (February 2013) carried out by London School of Hygiene and Tropial Medicine has shown that some mosquitoes are now growing resistant to Deet. For further information www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21519998

Deet Insect Repellent – Benefits and Disadvantages

Benefits Disadvantage
  • Suitable for use in high risk geographical areas
  • Suitable for areas which are exposed to Malaria and dengue fever
  • Very little odour
  • Non-greasy
  • Protects against Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas and Chiggers, plus any other insect that can transmit diseases
  • May cause minor skin irritation
  • Chemical based
  • Chemicals can pass through your skin
  • Can damage climbing ropes, watches, compasses, and any sporting equipment as Deet will damage any plastic based equipment
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