If you’re heading off on your travels then the last thing you want to worry about is pesky insects taking a bite out of you!
This is where Jungle Formula can help, as its range of effective insect repellents can help to deter mosquitos, midges, and ticks.
This is especially important if you’re travelling to areas with a risk of malaria, yellow fever, or other insect-borne diseases, as a good insect repellent can help to keep the bugs away, making them less likely to pass on diseases to you or your family.
Jungle Formula comes in a wide range of strengths and is available as a spray, roll-on or lotion, so no matter what type of protection you need, these products have you covered!
The active ingredient in most Jungle Formula Insect Repellents is DEET, which has been shown to be highly effective at keeping bugs away and discouraging them from biting you if they do get too close.
Recent research suggests that DEET works because mosquitos and similar insects hate the taste of DEET.
So, when that pesky bug lands on your arm ready for a little snack, the taste and smell of DEET puts them off, so they’re more likely to fly off without having a cheeky nibble on your arm.
This is perfect when you’re travelling in an area that’s packed with mosquitos and similar creepy crawlies and want to protect yourself from bites and insect-borne illnesses.
What else can I do to help prevent mosquito bites?
A good insect repellent like Jungle Formula goes a long way when preventing insect bites, but it shouldn’t be your only method of protection!
You should also make sure that as much of your skin as possible is covered with appropriate clothing, using insect repellent on any areas of skin that can’t be covered, like your hands and face.
Before you travel abroad, make sure you speak to your GP well in advance so you can get any vaccines or medication you might need to protect you from insect-borne diseases like malaria.
When you’re sleeping or resting, make sure to use a mosquito net whenever possible, and make sure that the net is treated with a suitable insecticide.
Do all Jungle Formula products contain DEET?
Although most Jungle Formula insect repellents contain DEET, some do not.
For example, Jungle Formula Outdoor & Camping spray does not use DEET and contains a repellent called IR3535 instead.
For more information about the specific ingredients in each Jungle Formula product, we’d recommend checking out the product’s individual page.
What is the best cream for insect bites and stings?
Insect bite creams typically contain a type of medicine called an antihistamine, which works by blocking a substance called histamine that is produced during an allergic reaction.
You can also try hydrocortisone cream, a topical treatment that is classed as a corticosteroid and works to relieve pain and swelling.
If your bite is infected, you will need to see a doctor so they can prescribe a suitable antibiotic to treat the infection.
Can I use DEET on my clothes?
DEET can be used on your clothing and works well on clothing made from natural fibres.
Always follow the instructions that are included with your DEET insect repellent to make sure you’re using the right amount and be aware that applying repellents to clothing could result in stains.
Always cover up as much as you can when you’re in an area where insect bites and stings are a risk and don’t apply DEET to areas of skin that are covered by clothing.
When should you worry about an insect bite?
Most insect bites and stings won’t be serious, but if you’re experiencing lots of swelling and blistering, or if you notice pus, you should seek medical advice.
Phone 999 if you have any of the following symptoms following a bite or sting:
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
- A fast heart rate
- Dizziness or feeling faint
- Difficulty swallowing
- Confusion, anxiety or agitation
How do you treat an insect bite or sting?
Start by removing the sting if it’s still in the skin, then wash the area with soap and water.
Apply a cold compress or an ice pack to any swelling for at least 10 minutes and, if possible, raise the affected area to reduce swelling.
Avoid scratching the area or bursting any blisters to reduce the risk of infection and apply an insect bite cream to relieve itching.
Can I use DEET during pregnancy?
DEET can be used if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, but you should always speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using insect repellents at this time.
If possible, you should avoid travelling to countries that have a risk of insect-borne diseases when you’re pregnant, unless absolutely essential.
Can I take malaria tablets when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor before taking any malaria tablets.
Pregnant women are at high risk of complications if they get malaria, so we would recommend delaying any travel to malaria zones until after your pregnancy, to protect yourself and your unborn child.
If there is no way to avoid travelling to a malaria zone during your pregnancy, then your doctor may recommend a course of malaria tablets, but you should only take these if you have been told to do so by a doctor.