Mastering insect repellent for golfers

Mastering insect repellent for golfers

Longer days… brighter evenings… sunshine on our backs… daffodils, primroses...that’s right, spring has well and truly sprung. For the hardcore golf fans out there, spring signals even more beautiful happenings than crocuses in bloom… the start of several major highlights in the sport's calendar. From Augusta,  USA to Royal Birkdale in Scotland, whatever the location, the climate offers a host of conditions ideal for a variety of bugs and biters on the fairways. If you want to spend less time swatting (mosquitoes, midges and other pesky biters) and more time swinging a golf club, this handy guide to bite prevention for golfers is for you. 

How to choose an insect repellent for babies and kids

How to choose an insect repellent for babies and kids

You’ll want to ensure your family is protected against pesky insect bites both at home and abroad. It is also essential to protect babies if taking them into areas where Malaria and other diseases may be a risk. We know choosing an insect repellent for babies and kids can be a tricky and confusing business. Are some active ingredients more suited to young skin than others? What age can you start using an insect repellent on a child? How often should you apply it? Which format is best? There sure is a lot to consider, so to help you decide which insect repellent might work best for your children we’ve compiled this handy guide.

Midge bites — how to recognise midges, treat bites and avoid both altogether

Depending on where you are in the world, if you’ve been bothered by biting insects this summer you may be breathing a sigh of relief as the cooler autumn months arrive. Because as we stow away the sun hats and deckchairs for another year, we can also say goodbye to some less enjoyable mainstays of summer like mosquitoes and other bothersome biters.

Not so, for the tiny biting midge, however. Midge bites from these minute fliers, also known as “no-see-ums” due to their miniscule size, often thrive from September onwards. So, think twice before packing away that repellent along with the paddling pool…

The bane of BBQ cooks, hikers, fishermen, farmers, golfers, cyclists, tourists and equestrians alike, midges and midge bites can cause havoc for anyone who loves being outside or works outdoors.

Zika Virus — everything you need to know

When it comes to nasties transmitted by mosquitoes and other biting creepy crawlies, tropical diseases like Malaria, Yellow fever, Dengue fever and West Nile virus, not to mention tick-borne Lyme Disease often get top billing in the press.

But all that has changed in recent months with a mosquito-borne virus of a different kind hitting the headlines. Zika virus, spread by the Aedes species of mosquito, has been deemed a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organisation (W.H.O). The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that Zika was first discovered in 1947 and is actually named after the Zika forest located in Uganda.

In this definitive guide you’ll find out everything you need to know about the Zika virus. From Zika travel hotspots and the essentials crucial to consider before you travel, to spotting symptoms and knowing what to do if you think you are at risk, you’ll find it all here in this definitive guide to Zika virus.

Mosquito-borne Zika Virus and your guide to bite prevention

Due to its potential links with Microcephaly, Zika Virus has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organisation. Mosi-guard Natural mosquito repellents have been tested against various Aedes mosquitoes which spread the Zika Virus.

Insect bites in the UK — identify what has bitten you with this ultimate guide

Insect bites in the UK — identify what has bitten you with this ultimate guide

This guide covers the key things you need to know about insect bites in the UK. Covering eight of the most common biting insects, you’ll also find handy pictures of the offending critters and their bites making it easier to recognise them. What's more we've also listed the most common insect hotspots to help you be prepared when you enter any habitats favoured by the little biters. 

Don’t let Chikungunya Virus bite into your holiday — your guide to locations, symptoms and protection

The tropical disease Chikungunya [pronounced: chik-en-gun-ye] Virus hit the headlines recently when celebrity Lindsay Lohan contracted the disease while holidaying in Bora Bora. After being diagnosed on her trip, Lindsay was hospitalized again upon her return home after suffering a relapse of symptoms.

How to choose an insect repellent that works

Bikinis, sun screen and wayfarers aside, making sure you’ve got the right insect repellent for protection against biting insects on holiday is another suitcase essential. The right insect repellent can reduce the risk of being bitten so you can relax and enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer.

But faced with row upon row of insect repellent products in the pharmacy aisle, how do you know which one is best for you? Here’s our guide on what to look for when buying an insect repellent.

Dengue Fever on the rise — what you need to know

Dengue Fever on the rise — what you need to know

Ask most people to name a Mosquito borne tropical disease and nine times out of ten, Malaria will be the top answer. Yet there is another disease that is a cause for caution and according to experts is not just a consideration for those travelling to the tropics.

It’s estimated that more than 3.5 billion people, over half the entire world’s population, live at risk of Dengue Fever.  In fact around 400 million people are estimated to be infected with the virus every year. 

Two reasons why citronella is NOT the best choice of natural insect repellent

Two reasons why citronella is NOT the best choice of natural insect repellent

With the ongoing debate over the safety of DEET, more and more consumers are looking at alternative natural insect repellent products for protection against biting insects. But which ones really work? In this article we will compare citronella against Citriodiol (also known as oil of lemon eucalyptus) which is the active ingredient in our Mosi-guard® Natural range. We will specifically compare the efficacy and safety of citronella and Citriodiol.

When to reach for mosquito repellent in the UK

When to reach for mosquito repellent in the UK

We’ve all been there...the sunshine appears and we want to spend as much time outdoors as we can. Whether it's BBQs in the garden, evening walks or playing with the children in the park, when the UK starts to warm up, we all want to enjoy it... Unfortunately, so do the mosquitoes.

Although mosquitoes in the UK do not transmit diseases, if you’ve ever experienced a mosquito bite, you’ll know how irritating they can be.