Do you feel like you constantly are the juiciest main course on every mosquito’s menu? Well, not anymore! We’re here with top tips and advice on how to choose the best mosquito repellent.
What Is DEET?
DEET, also known as diethyl-meta-toluamide is an active ingredient in many insect repellents. It was developed back in 1946 and to this day it is the most popular chemical in insect repelling products. This is because the effect of preventing bites can last for for 6- 8 hours (reapply after swimming) and many of us are happy with the results. Always look out for how much DEET the product contains - it is recommended that this should be a minimum of 20% and up to 50% for a longer lasting protection.
The other active ingredient used is picaridin, also known for its effectiveness however it is usually only recommended for people who are having trouble with DEET. Always consult with the pharmacist if you have any questions.
What Are the Types of Mosquito Repellents?
Spray Mosquito Repellents
Spray mosquito repellents are some of the most popular as they are convenient and compact – which makes them perfect for when you are travelling. After a few pumps, the product is on your skin and only needs a good rub to make sure your skin is evenly covered.
Creams or Lotions
A lot of us may prefer this type of mosquito repellent as it can be more economical than the spray. This is because you are in control how much of the product you apply. After application make sure to wash your hands!
Stick and Roll-Ons
Another option is to use a roll-on or stick-on insect repellent. Both options are really easy to use and are less likely to spill if you throw them into your luggage bag.
These tools may help to keep the insects at bay by slowly releasing a repellent into the air. They should be used as an additional to topical repellent such as DEET and not instead of.
- Speak to a Superdrug pharmacist and shop around for the best mosquito repellent for you, it is recommended to look for products that contain at least 20% DEET. Everyone is different and some people may be more attractive to insects than others.
- To help minimise the chance of getting bitten, steer clear of ponds or small lakes where the water is still. Mosquitos can bite at any time of day depending on where you go in the world so always do your research before you go away and if in doubt, cover up.
- Where possible book a room with air conditioning as they can help to reduce mosquito activity.
- Mosquito nets can help keep insects at bay. Look out for ‘impregnated’ nets which have repellent on them for extra protection.
- When travelling, always do your research and find out what insects to look out for in the country you are keen on going to. In some countries you may need to have travel vaccinations and/or anti-malaria tablets to help protect against some diseases spread by mosquitos - always speak to a healthcare professional such as a pharmacist or book a travel consultation at Superdrug if you are unsure. More information about travel advice, vaccinations and tablets can be found here.
- If you are bitten, go for bite and sting relief spray. Don’t scratch the area as it will only irritate and damage your skin and the healing process will take longer. If you are concerned about a bite seek medical advice.
- If possible, wear clothing that covers your arms and legs. Hats can also help minimise the chance of insects getting to your skin underneath your hair.