Choosing an Insect Repellent

Worried about mosquitoes? Don't want to be eaten alive? Got sensitive skin? Concerned about the environment? Travelling with children? Confused by coils? We've got a wide range of the best natural and synthetic insect repellents. We tell you about the different types of DEET and natural insect repellent and what makes the best repellents work.

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Insect Repellents - The main active ingredients
 
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Reliable Insect Repellents - Selected and tested by SafariQuip

DEET
Insect
Repellents

DEET (diethyl-meta-toluamide) is a very effective insect repellent developed in 1946. DEET still forms the active part in most insect repellents and as such is the most used insect repellent chemical worldwide.

Advantages: proven effectiveness at preventing bites, can remain effective for several hours. The use of micro-encapsulation technology has resulted in some almost odourless repellents.

Disadvantages: oily feel, causes irritation to eyes, lips and other sensitive areas; is absorbed by skin: can cause skin reaction with some users; damages several common plastics and fabrics; less effective in low concentrations, increased reaction risk in high concentrations; strong 'chemical' smell.
Insect Repellent - DEET

Insect Repellent     Type Active Ingredient Special Features Suitability
Mosquito Milk Mosquito Milk   Roll-on DEET (20%) plus plant extracts Easy to apply and pleasant to use. Non sticky. Much liked by loyal user base. For children (3yrs+) and adults.
Endurance Spray expedition endurance insect repellent spray   Spray Repellent DEET (20%) Apply and forget - micro-encapsulation means long lasting, slow release for up to 12 hrs. Easy to use spray application. Very long lasting - all day protection.
Endurance Cream expedition endurance insect repellent Cream Repellent DEET (34.34%) Micro-encapsulation means long lasting, slow release for up to 12 hrs. Handy size, low odour, lasts well, for children (6mts+).
Ultrathon Cream Ultrathon   Cream Repellent DEET (34.34%) Micro-encapsulation means long lasting, slow release over a long period. Handy size, low odour, lasts well.
Expedition 100 PLUS Expedition Plus   Spray Repellent DEET (95%) Dual action formula of DEET plus natural oils for stopping the insects that land from biting. Protects for 10+ hours. Maximum strength for tropics & Jungle
Expedition 50 PLUS Expedition Plus Spray Repellent DEET (50%) Dual action formula of DEET plus natural oils for stopping the insects that land from biting. Protects for up to 10 hours. General purpose, strong stuff for tropics & Jungle
Expedition 50 Expedition 50   Spray Repellent DEET (50%) Reliable repellent protection for up to 8 hours. The name says it all - Expedition. General purpose, effective & strong
Midge Repellent Midge Repellent   Spray Repellent DEET (50%) Contains DEET plus Myrtle and other plant extracts. Tested and proven by SafariQuip. The midge-infested wilderness
Repel Insect Repellent Repel 55 Spray Repellent DEET (52.25%) Powerful and reliable, long lasting. A higher concentration than most. Budget general purpose for tropics and jungle.
Repel 100 Repel 100   Spray Repellent DEET (95%) Very powerful and long lasting. Use sparingly as this is the maximum concentration made. As strong as it gets!
 

Picaridine
Insect
Repellents

Picaridin, (KBR 3023, Icaridin, Bayrepel, Saltidin, Piparidine) This insect repellent has been available worldwide since 1998. It is recommended by the World Health Organisation and reported by them as having comparable or superior repellent properties to DEET.

Advantages: repels a wide range of insects and ticks; doesn't cause skin irritation; doesn't dissolve plastics and fabrics; almost odourless; non oily; safe for young children (2 yrs); low toxicity.

Disadvantages: less common than other products; name difficult to remember; may need to be re-applied every 6-8 hours depending on concentration.

Insect Repellent - DEET

Insect Repellent     Type Active Ingredient Special Features Suitability
Anti-Insect Sensitive Picaridin Anti Insect Sensitive   Spray Repellent

Piperidine 12.5%

Formulated for children and people with sensitive skin. Doesn't damage plastics or clothing. Water based For adults & children (2yrs). Easy to apply. Safe.
Ecoguard Extreme Picaridin Anti Insect for Kids Spray Repellent Icaridin 20% Very effective, high concentration formula. Safe on sensitive skin. Doesn't damage plastics or clothing. Longer lasting. Easy to apply. Safe.
 

Natural
Insect
Repellents

Natural insect repellents are usually based on the essential oils of either Citronella or Lemon Eucalyptus. Citriodiol (Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus) formulations have improved the effectiveness and reduced the need for frequent re-application helping natural repellents to become popular.

Advantages: non-sticky; non-toxic and environmentally friendly; safer on sensitive skins and some can be used on children as young as 3 months; reduced irritation; harmless to most plastics and fabrics.

Disadvantages: more expensive; may need more frequent re-application to maintain full protection.
Insect Repellent - Natural Repellents

Insect Repellent     Type Active Ingredient Special Features Suitability
Mosi-Guard Insect Repellent Mosi-guard Cream, Spray, Stick, Roll-on. Citriodiol (eucalyptus) Natural, non-toxic, effective. Safe for children over 3 months & on sensitive skin. Harmless to plastics and clothing. Excellent general purpose, lasts well. Safe for children (3mths).
 

Pyrethrin and Pyrethroid
Insect
Repellents

Pyrethrins are naturally-occurring compounds with insecticidal and repellent properties that are found in pyrethrum extract from certain chrysanthemum flowers.

Pyrethroids are manufactured chemicals that are very similar in structure to the pyrethrins, but are often more powerful and longer lasting.

Advantages: safer to use on children, pets and plants; biodegradable; considered safe in normal use - low toxicity to mammals; does not accumulate in the body; generally harmless to clothing and plastics. Disadvantages: harmful to fish and amphibians.
Insect Repellent - Permethrin, Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids

Insect Repellent     Type Active Ingredient Special Features Suitability
PreVent Spray PreVent   Spray Repellent Pyrethrins (1.0% w/w) Spray-on insect repellent provides protection for up to 6 hours. Compact and handy spray. Fine on children and clothes. Small & compact, ideal for pocket or bag. OK for children.
 

Associated Products

Insect Killers For when you need to clear a room or tent of insects before retiring to bed. Or perhaps you're having a barbeque and would like to eat not be eaten.

Bite Relief If you forget your repellent or are unlucky and still get bitten then the products below will help ease the discomfort and swelling. These will also work for stings.

Insect Repellent - Permethrin, Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids

Insect Repellent     Type Active Ingredient Special Features Suitability
Mosquito Coils Mosquito Coils   Repellent smoke Bioallethrin (pyrethroid) Slow burning, produces a light smoke which repels/kills mosquitoes and other insects. No power supply, open space, clearing room or tent.
Citronella (9hr) Candle's Citronella Candles   Repellent smoke Citronella Special high-melting point wax. Last for up to 9 hours. Fragrant and traditional. No power supply, open space, indoors or tent.
Portable Mosquito Killer Portable Mosquito Killer   Portable Mosqito Killer Pyrethroid Releases an odourless scent harmless to humans but deadly for insects. Uses batteries. Large tents & rooms without a power supply.
Mosqui Go Duo Plug-in Mosquito Killer   Plug-in Repellent Prallethrin (pyrethroid) Plugs into sockets and slowly releases repellent all night long. Power supply, indoors.
ZapperClick Zap It   Electric bite pain neutraliser N/A Uses a small electric shock to provide instant relief to a bitten area. It works! Handy relief.
Bite & Sting Relief Bite and Sting Relief   Roll-On Relief Witch Hazel Extract Uses a witch hazel extract to provide effective and fast relief from bites and strings. Bites and stings from flying insects
 

Why we don't stock some products.

Ultrasonic Mosquito Repllents Widely sold electronic ultrasonic mosquito and insect repelling gadgets sound a great idea but all the evidence is they don't work.

Repellent Wrist and Ankle Bands Put on and the mosquitoes stay away is the claim, but is keeping a band soaked in harmful toxic chemicals pressed against your wrists and ankles a good idea?

Insect Repellent - Permethrin, Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids

Insect Repellent     Type Active Ingredient Special Features Suitability
Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellents electronic repellent   Electronic High frequency sound Numerous scientific studies have shown electric ultrasonic repellents don't work. View summary study. None.
Don't waste your money.
Repellent Wrist & Ankle Bands repellent wrist bands   Wrist or Ankle Band  High Conc. DEET DEET is absorbed through the skin and toxic. Avoid continuous contact with strong concentrations on wrist bands. Not for children. Use with caution.

 

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