It is very difficult when travelling or spending time in the outdoors to avoid insects, so it is important to take precautions to try to stop them biting. Insect bites can cause irritation in cases like the Scottish midge but more seriously they can transmit dangerous diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever, depending on where you are in the world.
For information on any venue regarding health risks and medical treatment then check out: The Travel Doctorand the travel pharmacy section of the Care Plus website for recommendations of options that we keep in stock.
Deet is the strongest and most effective insect repellent for the skin available. DEET is effective against all stinging insects and ticks, but is most effective against (malaria) mosquitoes and gadflies, ticks and bloodsuckers and reasonably effective against large horseflies, nits and midges.
Deet is rated as a percentage with 100 being the strongest. 100 isn't recommended for use straight on the skin or for prolonged periods of use, but is useful for putting on natural fabric clothing (it can melt some plastics). Factors 30 to 50 will cover most users needs. Less than 30% Deet is not effective enough whilst 50% Deet will have as much effect as 100% Deet but it will have to be re-applied more regularly. One application of 50% Deet will last 10 hours, whilst 30% will last 5 1-2 hours.
For those looking for something a little less severe, Life Systems Natural 40 is a kinder alternative.
We stock Deet in four forms of application: spray and roll on from Lifesystems and gel and lotion from Care Plus.
The Scottish and Welsh midge is a less dangerous (but very annoying) character, and to combat him we have Myrtle-based Midge and Mosi repellant, for people with sensitive skins that are travelling in fairy safe regions we carry the Natural 40 insect repellant, both from LifeSystems. For the campsite or the barbeque Mosquito Smoke Coils also help keep insects away, and and for indoors there is a mains powered Plug In Mosquito Killer.
If you do get bitten there are a number of options for relief from the irritation. The classic is Lifesystems Roll On Bite Relief which is quite soothing, but rather more radical are Care Plus' Bite Patches. They are ideal for bad bites that really itch the patch covers them so you can't scratch as easily (which reduces the chances of infection), the active constituents permeate the skin to sooth the area.
Tick born encephalitis is a problem that is spreading west across Europe gradually that is particularly nasty. Combine this with the already UK-present Lyme disease and it can be seen that keeping ticks at bay is important. Ticks are common in moorland, bog and waterside areas, so carrying Tick Deoderant is particularly important for people on paddling trips across Europe as well as serious bog trotters. If you do find a tick attached to yourself removing them without leaving anything behind is very important and is made much easier by the use of the Care Plus Tick Lasso.
People who are allergic to Wasps will also find the Care Plus Wasp Deoderant useful.
Tick bites can cause Lyme disease and tick-borne encephalitis for which the best form of treatment is prevention!
Camping gas powered mosquito reppeller o Runs on a backpacking stove fuel canister (not included) o Fuel efficient: up to 90 hours of run time on a 4 oz canister and up to 360 hours on a 16 oz canister o Fuel canister must be pressurized self-sealing (iso)butane and propane fuel mix (product will not function with 100% propane) o Lightweight, minimalist design that shaves ounces and inches out of your pack (114g/4.0 oz). Compact and portable (97mm H x 50mm W x 67mm L). o Dependable performance up to an elevation of 7,000 feet o No spray and no mess. Scent-free and DEET-free. o Usage Tips: Do not attempt to use with refilled canisters, Allow gas to flow for 5 seconds before clicking the piezo ignitor, and Only compatible with valves designed to the EN417 specification o Package contains: 1 Backpacker Repeller, 3 repellent mats lasting 4 hours each, and 1 water-resistant travel bag. Requires camping gas canister (not included)
Covers a double bed to protect from bugs. Perfect for any traveler or holiday in high risk mosquito/ malaria areasIncludes ceiling hanging hooks and stuff sack
A spray that will provide relief from insect bites and stings that would make a perfect addition to any outdoors first aid kit or for added piece of mind while camping.25ml small and lightweight for walking or camping spray nozzle for easy application
Lifesystems Bite & Sting Relief is an effective solution for those who are unfortunate enough to suffer an insect sting or bite.
This little device uses a piezo-electric pulse to reduce irritation and is really effective for small insect bites. You'll still have to grit your teeth for larger ones like bees, though.