IR3535® has been successfully used in insect repellents for over 30 years. How can we prove that it really does what we say? By pointing to a variety of field and “arm in cage” studies, which confirm that our insect repellent works effectively in repelling mosquitoes and ticks. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), protection against mosquito bites is key to preventing Zika and other insect-borne diseases. One option is to wear clothes that cover as much of the body as possible. In fact, all kinds of physical barriers are important (such as window screens, doors, and windows). Some people sleep under mosquito nets. And others use insect repellents containing IR3535®, DEET, or Icaridin (also known as Picaridin).
IR3535®’s efficacy is also confirmed by the recommendations of official bodies such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Thanks to our scientific team, which is always exploring the capabilities of IR3535®, a growing number of brands now use this important ingredient, offering you a variety of products suitable for all family members.
- What are field tests and “arm in cage” tests?
The tests used for IR3535® are designed to focus on one species at a time. To prove the efficacy of our insect repellent against mosquitoes, we either conduct tests in the field or in a lab. These tests allow us to estimate the protection time of our insect repellent. The results are then shown on the label as hours of protection. If insect protection is important to you, IR3535® is the best friend you could wish for. We understand how important it is to feel safe when you’re outdoors – you’ve probably got much better things to do than worrying about insect bites! We take this need seriously, which is why we want people using products with IR3535® to feel safe and protected for up to 8 hours.