Choose an insect repellent proven to repel mosquitoes, such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535 or citronella oil. Insect repellent sprays, creams, lotions, roll-ons and wipes can be safely applied to your skin.
Insect repellent candles, mosquito smoke coils, plug in mosquito repellents, mosquito bands and insect repellent clothing are also effective deterrents against mosquitoes and other biting insects.
Insect Repellent Facts
- DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are proven insect repellents
- They are not known to be harmful to humans or the environment
- DEET and picaridin provide longer-lasting protection against insect bites than lemon eucalyptus oil and IR3535
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus may be as effective as DEET for repelling insects, according to some research
- Citronella oil may not be as effective as other insect repellents, although it does have insect repellent properties
- Sweating, swimming and showering remove insect repellent - reapplication is important
- Insect repellent helps prevent insect-borne diseases such as malaria and West Nile virus
More Information About Insect Repellent
Avon Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Body Spray - Avon Skin So Soft body spray contains citronellol and may be an effective midge repellent. Reportedly used by Royal Marines in Scotland and Mel Gibson when filming Braveheart.
Avon Skin So Soft Mosquito Repellent - Avon produces its own range of mosquito repellents, including Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Spray and towelettes, Bug Guard Plus IR3535 insect repellent and Expedition SPF 30 pump spray.
Plug In Mosquito Repellent - Plug in mosquito repellent, or mosquito plug ins, release insecticide vapours that effectively eliminate mosquitoes and other flying insects from the room.
Mosquito Bands - Mosquito bands, worn around the wrists or ankles, help prevent mosquito bites by releasing insect repellent vapours such as DEET and citronella.
Mosquito Coils - Mosquito coils release insect repellent or insecticide smoke to get rid of mosquitoes, midges, gnats and other biting insects.
Bugsox & Nosilife Socks - Bugsox and Nosilife socks are impregnated with insect repellent to repel mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects. Ideal for hiking.
Insect Repellent Clothing - Insect repellent clothing is a safe, convenient way to protect skin from mosquito and other insect bites.
Natural Mosquito Repellent - Natural mosquito repellents contain oil of lemon eucalyptus, citronella oil, IR3535 or p-Mentane-3,8-diol (PMD). These are effective alternatives to synthetic chemicals repellents.
Citronella Oil - Citronella oil is a popular insect repellent found in candles, incense sticks, sprays, lotions and wipes. Citronella repels biting insects including mosquitoes, ticks, black flies and fleas.
Deet Insect Repellent - Deet, or N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, is scientifically proven to repel biting insects that transmit malaria, encephalitis, Lyme disease and other insect-borne diseases.
Mosquito Repellent - Mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, permethrin and citronella help prevent mosquito bites and the risk of mosquito-borne infections such as malaria.
Picaridin Insect Repellent - Picaridin, or icaridin, is one of the most effective insect repellents. Picaridin repels mosquitoes, ticks, flies, chiggers and other biting insects.
Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent - Oil of lemon eucalyptus, or PMD (p-menthane 3,8-diol), is the most effective plant-based insect repellent. It repels mosquitoes, flies and gnats.
Mosquito Insecticide - Mosquito insecticides such as pyrethrum, pyrethrins, pyrethroids and permethrin are commonly used to kill mosquitoes and other insects.
Mosi Guard - Mosi Guard Natural is a powerful insect repellent proven to be effective against mosquitoes and other biting insects.
Deet-free Insect Repellent - Deet-free insect repellents provide several hours of protection against mosquitoes and other biting insects.
Insect Repellent Wipes - Insect repellent wipes are an effective, convenient, mess-free way to prevent mosquito bites for several hours.