The best repellents for ticks? An entomologist's view...


With so many brands of insect repellent on the market, it can be confusing to know which to choose. Which active ingredients work best? Will it protect against all insect bites? Is it suitable for the whole family?

When the milder weather arrives, it’s often tick bites many people are keen to avoid, especially in certain areas of the UK which are known tick hotspots.

Aside from avoiding dense vegetation and woodland, keeping arms and legs covered and being vigilant with tick checks, what other steps can you take to protect the family against tick bites and of course, lyme disease? Undoubtedly, the most effective measure is repellent.

So, which is the best repellent when it comes to ticks? Is DEET really the ‘gold standard’? Do natural alternatives like tea tree really work? These are questions often asked of former entomologist, Dr Nicola Seal.

Determined to find the answers, the mum of two and lyme disease sufferer, who has also developed insect repellents, undertook an independent literature review. Looking at a range of data on tick repellents, Dr Seal compared complete protection times of various active ingredients and formulations, with very surprising results.

Not only did DEET perform well below other repellents for mean complete protection time against ticks, many natural ingredients such as rosemary, neem and garlic were also not recommended for long term protection.

We were really delighted that our Mosi-guard Natural products were found to provide the longest protection against ticks, and also to learn that Dr Seal chooses to use our Mosi-Guard Natural Stick on herself and her family. To read the independent review, just click here.