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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).

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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.

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:

Using insect repellents with children*



*Source: Page updated 21/10/16 7:26:18 a.m.
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