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Repel: Frequently asked questions

Ever wondered what kind of insect repellents to use on your children? Or how to protect yourself from bites at night? Or what DEET is? Repel is here to answer your questions

Q. What can I use to stop insects biting when I am indoors?

A. Repel offers a range of accessories, including liquid plug-ins and mosquito nets, that you can use for additional protection when indoors alongside the rest of the Repel range.

Q. What can I use to stop insects from biting when I'm sleeping?

A. Sleeping under a mosquito net that's been treated with permethrin will help provide protection from biting insects. Mosquito nets are available in the Repel range for both double and single beds.

Q. Can insect repellents be used on children?

A. Most products within the Repel range are suitable for children over the age of six months, including Repel For Children, Natural Citrepel75 and the Tropical and Once ranges. See packs for product age restrictions. Repel Insect Repellent for Children is hypoallergenic and therefore suitable for young skin. We'd advise you speak to your doctor about children under the age of six months.

Q. Are there any repellents available that are derived from natural sources?

A. Our Repel Natural Citrepel75 range is made from a plant-based, natural and renewable source. This range is scientifically proven to offer effective protection to you and your family and is suitable for use on children from the age of six months.

Q. Are there any repellents suitable for use in pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

A. Our Repel Tropical and Once ranges are suitable for use while breastfeeding and during the last six months of pregnancy. However, if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy, or you have any concerns, we'd advise you contact your doctor.

Q. When I'm shopping for insect repellents, I keep hearing about DEET. What is it?

A. DEET is the most commonly used personal insect repellent. Originally developed for the US army, it has been in use for more than 40 years. It is generally used in higher concentrations than other repellents – 50% in the Repel range – and is the most frequently recommended repellent available on the market for use in malaria areas. It does have disadvantages: the two most common being that it has quite a strong smell and that it can melt some plastics, for example sunglasses.

Q. And what is IR3535?

A. IR3535 is another effective chemical insect repellent which is generally used in lower concentrations than DEET. While it is more pleasant to use, it has to be re-applied more frequently. It is effective against a wide range of biting insects including mosquitoes.

Q. I am going to a tropical area. What repellent should I use?

A. The UK Health and Safety Executive recommends 50% DEET products when going to high risk malaria areas. Always read the label before use.

Q. I am concerned about the safety of using DEET products

A. For information on the safety of DEET, refer to the website for the US Environmental Protection Agency which contains a lot of useful information on repellents.

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