Saltidin Insect Repellent
Saltidin (also known as Icaridin and picaridin) is a synthetic insect repellent developed by Bayer as a suitable alternative to DEET. A relatively newcomer to the market, Saltidin was first introduced to Europe in 2001 and is recommended by the World Health Organization as being effective against insects and ticks carrying the pathogens of west Nile fever, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, lyme disease and meningoencephalitis.
Saltidin as an insect repellent can be effective at much lower concentrations than DEET, usually around 20%, and being non-toxic, it can be used by pregnant women and children over the age of 2. It is ideal for people with sensitive skin as it dose not irritate the epidermis and has a non-greasy finish. With its low inherent odour and its non-corrosive nature (will not damage synthetic fabrics and plastics like DEET), Saltadin is gainikng popularity with outdoors people.
Please note: Most health authorities still recommend DEET products in high risk areas.