Anti-Insect DEET

Anti-Insect with DEET

Care Plus® DEET is the strongest insect-repellent remedy for the skin. The active ingredient is effective against various disease transmitters, like (malaria) mosquitoes and ticks. DEET offers up to 10 hours of protection from stings and bites. The use of DEET is advised for destinations where there is a risk of malaria, dengue, zika, chikungunya, yellow fever and West Nile virus. DEET is suitable for all destinations, far away and closer to home. The DEET percentage determines the duration of action. 

The active ingredient DEET is effective against stinging insects and ticks. DEET is most effective against (tropical) mosquitoes and ticks. The percentage determines the duration of action.

What is DEET?

DEET is the abbreviation for N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide. The name N,N,-diethyl-m-toluamide has recently been replaced by N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide, but you will come across both names. Care Plus® DEET is available in concentrations of 50% lotion and spray, 40% spray and 30% spray and gel.

One package of 60 ml is sufficient for 1 person for 2 to 3 weeks of daily use according to the instructions. Care Plus® advises a DEET percentage between 30% and 50%. An insect-repellent remedy with a DEET percentage below 30% is not effective enough and a percentage above 50% has no added value. For adequate protection it is important that Care Plus® DEET is applied to all exposed skin.

 

‘Best in Test’ by the Consumer Association

Care Plus® DEET spray came out ‘Best in Test’ by the Dutch Consumer Association in 1997 and by the Belgian Consumer Association (Test-Aankoop) in Belgium in 2001. Care Plus® DEET lotion was rated ‘GOOD’ by the German Stiftung Consumer Test in 2004. Care Plus® DEET gel was ‘Best in Test’ in 2005 by the Dutch Consumer Association.

Care Plus®
Anti-Insect DEET 30%


For children from 13 years and adults.


Up to 6 hours protection against mosquitoes and up to 3 hours protection against ticks.

Gel 80ml
  • Sufficient for 2 to 3 weeks of daily use according to instructions.
Spray 60ml
  • Sufficient for 1 to 2 weeks of daily use according to instructions.
Spray 100ml
  • Sufficient for 2 to 3 weeks of daily use according to instructions.

Care Plus®
Anti-Insect DEET 40%


For children from 13 years and adults.


Up to 8 hours protection against mosquitoes  and up to 4 hours protection against ticks.

Spray 15ml
  • Sufficient for 2 to 3 days of daily use according to instructions.
Spray 60ml
  • Sufficient for 6 to 8 days of daily use according to instructions.
Spray 100ml
  • Sufficient for 2 to 3 weeks of daily use according to instructions.
Spray 200ml
  • Sufficient for 4 to 6 weeks of daily use according to instructions.

Care Plus®
Anti-Insect DEET 50%


For children from 18 years and adults.


Up to 10 hours protection against mosquitoes and up to 5 hours protection against ticks.

Lotion 50ml
  • Sufficient for 1 to 2 weeks of daily use according to instructions.
SPray 60ml
  • Sufficient for 6 to 8 days of daily use according to instructions.
Spray 200ml
  • Sufficient for 4 to 6 weeks of daily use according to instructions.

FAQs about DEET

DEET (abbreviation for N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is an insect repellent organic compound with chemical formula C12H17NO. It is designed to be applied on the skin or on clothes and is mainly used for protection against insect bites. DEET offers protection in particular against tick bites that can cause Lyme disease and mosquito bites that can cause dengue virus, zika, West Nile fever and malaria. It is available as a gel, lotion and spray and impregnated products like mosquito nets and socks.

DEET is a yellow-green liquid and a solvent that can affect various fabrics including certain plastics, viscose, elastane and leather. It does not affect natural fibres like cotton and wool, and has no effect on nylon.

How do you use Care Plus®Anti-Insect with DEET?

We advise covering the skin with clothes as much as possible. Preferably wear long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt. For optimal protection against bites and stings, we advise to apply Care Plus® Anti-Insect DEET (Natural or Sensitive) to all exposed skin. Apply the insect repellent evenly with the palm of your hand. For protection of the face, apply a small amount of the product with your fingers. Wash your hands afterwards and apply to the back of your hands. Always keep the inside of your hands free from DEET with regard to consuming food or drinks. In case of children, do not apply the insect repellent to body parts that can easily come into contact with the eyes or mouth, like hands and forearms. For use during the day, apply the insect repellent ten minutes before exposure to direct sunlight. In combination with a sunscreen, apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure to direct sunlight. Apply the insect repellent 20 minutes later (and 10 minutes before exposure to sunlight). Wash treated parts of the skin properly with soap when protection is no longer needed or if side effects have occurred.

Which variety should I use?

There are several varieties of Anti-Insect with DEET of 30% to 50%. A higher percentage guarantees longer protection. Anti-Insect Natural without DEET is also available. The selection guide below can help you to choose the right variety.

Is Anti-Insect DEET safe for children?

Young children explore to get to know their environment. They have a tendency to put things in their mouth. Since 2012, Care Plus® has added the odourless, bitter ingredient Bitrex® to all DEET products. This reduces the risk of children swallowing the mosquito-repellent product.

 

Can I use this product when pregnant or breastfeeding?

Vulnarable grous, like pregnant women, women who breastfeed and children under 13 years can not use DEET. Instead, choose Care Plus® Anti-Insect Natural, based on lemon eucalyptus extract (Citriodiol). This strong insect-repellent remedy can be used on children from 3 months. If this alternative is not available, use Deet 30%.

 

How do I apply Care Plus® Anti-Insect with DEET?

Make sure the Anti-Insect DEET does not come into contact with damaged skin (wounds, skin burns), eyes, nose, nostrils, lips and mucosal lining. Do not apply the mosquito repellent under clothes or in places where the skin folds, like elbows and the backs of the knees. In case of children, avoid using Anti-Insect DEET in places where the skin can easily get into contact with the eyes and mouth, like the hands and forearms.

How does DEET work against mosquitoes and ticks?

The active ingredient DEET is the ideal mosquito repellent. Care Plus® has a wide range of effective mosquito-repellent products with DEET. Do you want to buy an effective mosquito repellent? Anti-Insect DEET is a strong remedy in our range for protection against common mosquitoes of the Culex genus and mosquitoes of the Aedes and Anopheles genus who cause the most diseases. DEET also protects against ticks.

How do you use Anti-Insect DEET in the sun?

Apply Anti-Insect DEET 10 minutes before exposure to direct sunlight. If you are using the mosquito repellent in combination with a sunscreen, apply the sunscreen first (30 minutes before exposure to sunlight). Apply the mosquito repellent 20 minutes after (10 minutes before exposure to sunlight). Your skin is now optimally protected.

 

Are there any warnings for use?

  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Do not use when pregnant or breastfeeding or on children younger than 13 years.
  • If you no longer need protection or side-effects occur, wash the skin thoroughly with water and soap.
  • Do not apply the product on the face directly from the packaging. In case of contact with the eyes, immediately rinse with plenty of water and seek medical advice.
  • In case you feel unwell, immediately seek medical advice and show the label if possible.
  • Keep this product away from sources of ignition, food and drinks and animal feeds.
  • Do not expose to temperatures above 50 °C or in small rooms without plenty of ventilation.
  • Close packaging after use. Dispose of remnants with domestic hazardous waste. Read the label and leaflet before use.

Care Plus® Anti-Insect Natural

Care Plus® has developed Anti-Insect Natural for people looking for a natural variety. This natural variety is based on natural lemon-eucalyptus extracts. The active ingredient Citriodiol® is effective against stinging insects and ticks and offers up to 6 hours of protection against stings and bites. Natural is suitable for children from 3 months and for a sensitive skin. It does not contain DEET and does not effect synthetic materials.