Insect repellents help and information

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Insect repellents: help and information

Whether you're heading for your back garden or a beach in Barbados, you need to protect yourself against bites and stings. Read our helpful tips on how to choose – and use – insect repellents

When to use insect repellents

You should consider using insect repellents – as well as malaria tablets and vaccinations – every time you visit a tropical area because of the potential risk of malaria and other insect-transmitted diseases. However, insect repellents are also useful when you go outside during summer months in the UK and Europe to help prevent insects biting you. Some insect species become more active at dusk, so it's important to apply your repellent during the day and evening. If you have particular concerns about biting insects you may wish to cover exposed skin, such as arms and legs, for extra protection.

How to apply insect repellents

Clear instructions can be found on all Repel packs. You should apply just enough of the product to cover all exposed skin, taking care to give a thin, even coverage. To apply to children you should apply the product to your hands first, and then rub into your child's exposed skin, avoiding contact with eyes and lips. Do not apply repellents to a child's hands as they may put them to their mouth or eyes.

To apply a spray to your face, spray onto your hands and then rub into your face; again avoid contact with eyes and lips. When using sunscreen, apply the insect repellent first and allow to fully dry before applying sunscreen for best results

How often to apply insect repellents

Clear directions can be found on our Repel packs. You may need to reapply more often, depending on the conditions, and after swimming or if you notice insects starting to bite again. Use Repel safely. Always read the label and product information before use.

I don't want to keep reapplying a repellent. Is there a product that will last all day?

One application of our Once range protects effectively for up to eight hours and is splash and sweat resistant.

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