Protecting against mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects

DEET free

The quality and concentrations of DEET in repellents on the market today vary enormously and so the World Health Organisation does not endorse any DEET-based products.

Gurkha Protec insect repellents are DEET-free – the active ingredient is IR3535® recommended by the World Health Organisation as a clinically proven, safe and effective insect repellent for all ages (including babies and in pregnancy).

Inspired by nature, the main priority for our insect repellent is to protect you and your family from bugs and the diseases they may transmit. Just as importantly, however, we ensure the products you use are not harmful and by this we mean that they’re safe for everyone – from babies/toddlers to the oldest generation.
Mosquitoes can ignore a DEET repellent after a few hours but are highly sensitive to IR3535®. Gurkha Protec insect repellents are clinically proven to be safe and effective protection against biting insects and help to prevent the risk of being bitten by an insect carrying aserious disease such as Malaria or Zika virus.

In tests, IR3535® insect repellents are as good as DEET against small flies (biting midges, and blackflies), better than DEET against large flies (stable flies, horse flies and Gadfly) and performs twice as well as DEET against ticks.

The World Health Organisation Pesticide Evaluation Scheme no longer recommend DEET based products
DEET should NOT be used on children under two years old and Icaridin on children less than three years old.

Icaradin: Draft Assessment report Icaradin 2014 ECHA
DEET: Assessment report Icaradin 2010 ECHA

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