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Insect Repellent

Are you heading on holiday to the islands? Or just getting out and around in New Zealand? Whatever the occasion, the great outdoor offers a lot of adventures... as long as you can keep those pesky insects away.  We have a range of insect repellent sprays, gels, lotions and devices including natural, DEET free, everyday, extra strong DEET, and tropical strength so you can choose the right type to suit you and your family. 
Prices are Inclusive of GST (sales Tax).

Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
Bushman Naturals Pump Spray 145ml
Bushman Naturals Pump Spray 145ml
SKU 2601362
$32.99 NZD
Rid Insect Repellent Tropical Strength Plus Antiseptic Roll On 100g
Rid Insect Repellent Tropical Strength Plus Antiseptic Roll On 100g
SKU 950516
$10.50 NZD
Rid Insect Repellent Tropical Strength Plus Antiseptic Roll On 100ml
Bushman Insect Repellent Plus Sunscreen 80% Deet 75g
Bushman Insect Repellent Plus Sunscreen 80% Deet 75g
SKU 2424061
$21.99 NZD
Average rating:
average rating 100%
Bushman Aerosol 40% Deet 255g
Bushman Aerosol 40% Deet 255g
SKU 2424150
$32.50 NZD
STINGOSE GEL 25G
STINGOSE GEL 25G
SKU 218243
$14.99 NZD
Average rating:
average rating 100%
Stingose helps to minimise the irritating and itching of stings, bites and rashes which cause irritation. This irritation could be caused by Insects, Plants, Ants, Bees, Wasps, Mosquitoes, Sand flies, Sea lice Vines and Nettles.
REPEL TROPICAL STRENGTH INSECT REPELLENT 75GM
REPEL TROPICAL STRENGTH INSECT REPELLENT 75GM
SKU 520071
$22.99 NZD
  • Combination of DEET and DIMP .
  • Non-greasy, Pleasantly scented. .
  • Contains no alcohol. .
  • Silicone base minimises absorption of DEET into the skin. .
  • Water and sweat resistant. .
  • up to 6 hours protection+nbsp;
PROLIFE ANTI BITE B1 PLUS 60s
PROLIFE ANTI BITE B1 PLUS 60s
SKU 2261189
$17.99 NZD
  • Supplement which in vitamin b1 thiamine .
  • Help your system ward off insect bites .
  • Vitamins to deter sandflies and mosquitoes
REPEL TROPICAL STRENGTH INSECT REPELLENT SPRAY 60ML
REPEL TROPICAL STRENGTH INSECT REPELLENT SPRAY 60ML
SKU 223387
$20.99 NZD
Average rating:
average rating 100%
  • 30% DEET Tropical insect Repellent .
  • Repels Mosquitos, Sandflies, Biting Flies, Ticks +amp; biting insects .
  • Up to 8 hours protection .
  • Travel Safe, Alcohol Free
STINGOSE SPRAY PUMP 25ML
STINGOSE SPRAY PUMP 25ML
SKU 380377
$15.50 NZD
Stingose helps to minimise the irritating and itching of stings, bites and rashes which cause irritation. This irritation could be caused by Insects, Plants, Ants, Bees, Wasps, Mosquitoes, Sand flies, Sea lice Vines and Nettles.
REPEL ROLL ON JUNIOR 50ML
REPEL ROLL ON JUNIOR 50ML
SKU 353604
$16.99 NZD
  • 10% DEET .
  • up to 4 hours of protection. .
  • Children 6 months old and older .
  • Water-Repellent, non-greasy, Easy to apply. .
  • Pleasant fragrance
Aerogard 40% Deet 150g
Aerogard 40% Deet 150g
SKU 2486776
$16.50 NZD
Heavy duty protection that lasts for up to 6 hours and is ideal for use in areas of intense insect activity. Great for use by the whole family while camping, fishing or bushwalking.
Bushman Roll On 20% Deet 65g
Bushman Roll On 20% Deet 65g
SKU 2496895
$18.99 NZD
REPEL TROPICAL ROLL ON 60ML
REPEL TROPICAL ROLL ON 60ML
SKU 545821
$18.50 NZD
  • Combination of DEET and DIMP .
  • Non-greasy, Pleasantly scented. .
  • Contains no alcohol. .
  • Silicone base minimises absorption of DEET into the skin. .
  • Water and sweat resistant. .
  • up to 6 hours protection+nbsp;
REPEL ULTRA PUMP SPRAY 125ml
REPEL ULTRA PUMP SPRAY 125ml
SKU 2236648
$30.50 NZD
  • 40pc DEET Tropical Strength .
  • not greasy and won't dry the skin .
  • silicone base Helps minimise DEET absorption into the skin and maximises the effective duration .
  • Sweat and water resistant.

What are the different types of insect repellent?

You can choose from these forms, depending on your preference:

Spray in the form of oil or liquid - a very common form of insect repellent, this can be sprayed on clothing or directly onto skin. Most spray repellent preparations contain concentrated amount of DEET.  Insect repellents with DEET are considered to be effective even after several hours of walking through places that are heavily infested with mosquitoes.
  • Cream or lotion - are most effective when applied directly to the skin and are rubbed to create a repellent barrier. You can use this in combination with mosquito repellent clothing and are usually made with natural ingredients. These usually have a very minimal scent or sometimes an undetectable scent.
  • Insect or mosquito repellent clothing - specially designed clothing materials with tight fibre weave infused with long lasting insect repellent. It is a great alternative to other insect repellent forms because it can protect you from mosquito or insect bites everyday.
  • Mosquito patch - is the newest kind of insect repellent. It is made of 100% natural and safe vitamin B1. It is small, transdermal skin patch that is very easy to use. Simply slap it onto your skin and it does its work naturally.
  • Mosquito repelling bracelets - are specially designed clip on bracelets or simply clip on devices that are made with either chemical or natural insect repellent pellets inside. These are ideal for babies or those who prefer not to apply anything on their skin. These can be used either as a bracelet or clipped on bags, chairs, prams etc.
  • Mosquito repellent devices - are various types of devices that emit a repellent fragrance usually through the process of burning. These may come in the form of candles, coils or Thermacell products.
  • Electronic repellents - emit ultrasonic sound as a deterrent to bugs and insects.
  • Vitamin B - Thiamin - This product is rumored to put the mosquitos off the smell of your blood.

What are the active ingredients used in insect repellents?


DEET - (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) is a chemical that has been approved for use since 1957. It is considered as reliable and highly effective in repelling insects of many kinds. It is present in most forms of insect repellents. Some products contain a higher percentage of DEET than others. Its concentration content signifies the length of protection time it offers. The higher the concentration, the longer protection time it provides.

Picardin - also known as KBR 3023 is another active ingredient used in insect repellents and is also an effective alternative to DEET. It offers long lasting protection against mosquito bites. It has been widely used since 1998. It differs from DEET on several accounts: less odour, does not cause skin irritation and no adverse effect on plastics.
It also offer long lasting protection.

Permethrin - is known as an effective pesticide and is also used in insect repellent. Compared to the first two active ingredients, permethrin is not used on the skin but rather used to treat clothes that repel insects of many kinds. It can retain its potency for at least two weeks even through several washings. It can also be used or applied on tent walls and mosquito nets. Clothing treated with permethrin used in combination with products containing DEET applied on skin offers excellent protection even in demanding conditions. Best when camping in forests or mountains.  

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil - is also considered as a natural insect repellent. This has been tested against mosquitoes and found in the US to provide similar protection to repellents containing low concentrations of DEET. PMD is the synthetic form of the chemical derived from oil of lemon eucalyptus. However the use of this product is not advised for those ages 3 years old and below.  

IR-3535 - is another active ingredient used in insect repellents and it offers broad spectrum protection from several insects including mosquitoes, deer ticks, and biting flies. It offers reasonably long protection comparable to DEET thus offering a great alternative for those seeking non-DEET products.

Plant Based Repellents - examples of these are citronella, geranium, basil, garlic and peppermint. Insect repellent plants generally provide quite limited protection against mosquitoes. Usually offering protection for only 2 hours and therefore needing constant reapplying.

Tips for choosing the best repellent

To help you choose the insect repellent product that is best suited for you, you can start by identifying the following:
  • Type of insect you want protection from
  • How long do you need protection?
  • What active ingredient do you prefer?
  • Other product specific information that may be useful for you (e.g. allergies to consider with certain ingredients)
  • Consider the kind of activity you will be engaging in and the length of exposure you will have to insects.

Using insect repellents with children*

Dos:

  • Read and follow the directions and precautions on the label
  • Only apply insect repellents on the outside of children's clothing and on exposed skin. NB: Permethrin-containing products should not be applied to the skin.
  • Spray repellents in open, well ventilated areas to avoid breathing them in.
  • Only use enough repellent to cover your child's clothing and exposed skin - using more does not make the repellent more effective. Avoid reapplying unless definitely needed.
  • Help young children to apply their insect repellent and supervise older children when using these products.
  • Wash your children's skin with soap and water to remove any repellent when they return indoors.  Wash their clothing before they wear it again.

Dont's:

  • Do not apply insect repellent on children younger than 2 months.
  • Never spray insect repellent directly onto your child's face. Instead, spray a little on your hands first and then rub it on your child's face, avoiding the eyes and mouth.
  • Never spray insect repellent on cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
  • Avoid using products that combine DEET with sunscreen. The DEET can make the sun protection factor (SPF) less effective, meaning these products can overexpose your child to DEET because the sunscreen needs to be reapplied often.
*Source: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Insect-Repellents.aspx Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
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