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Finding a good insect repellent - harder than you think

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1. Posted by andytraveller26 (Budding Member 26 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys

Struggling to find a good insect repellent or any good advice. Many websites are contradicting and wanted some experience and guidance if anyone knows.

Last time I went to south east Asia I used a repellent with high feet content, found it had dreadful smell, was greasey and didn't particularly work very well.

I have found some without deet - worth a try? When I was in India I used odomos cream, smelt lush and worked but can't find in England.

Andy

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

So far I've found only deet-based repellents work for me, but I agree it's greasy and horrible stuff so I'd be interested to know if you find anything else. At nights when I was travelling I always used a plug in repellent and I found these really effective; it seems you can buy them cheaply in most places.

Have you had a look at Travel Pharm? They seem to have a good range of repellents.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Jul-2013, at 15:18 by bex76 ]

3. Posted by andytraveller26 (Budding Member 26 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi Bex.

Thanks for your reply. I think I will give a plug in a try too this time.
The travel pharm site has a great range so thanks again.

Andy :)

4. Posted by Roaming_Rach (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi Andy,

Did you use a high strength DEET, such as 100% (actually more like 98% in all honesty!), as the higher strength formulas can be quite oily. Maybe give a 50% strength a go?

Pyramid sell a repellent called Ecoguard, which is DEET free - and this has been proven as effective as 50% DEET formulas.

Another good brand I've tried was Lifesystems, I used their 50% Expedition repellent in Egypt and didn't have any issues, I have quite sensitive skin too.

You could also try wrist bands as these are apparently quite effective!

Hope this helps a bit :)

Rachel

5. Posted by katzgar (Inactive 220 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

You want a DEET based product but no more then 35% is needed. I prefer Ultrathon DEET as it has a slow release feature. Permethrin is also effective on clothes and Picardin is effective as is OLE.