Deet is very toxic I would try Dabur Odomos Mosquito Repellent.
Please provide evidence to back up your statement that "Deet is very toxic" particularly in the context of use for the average holiday duration.Edited: 07 October 2016, 23:17
Kristin, here is an extract from a link on www.gov.uk web site, sorry I think this is one of those topics you need advice from professionals and not from the likes of myself : -
Zika virus in Thailand: -
“This country is considered to have a high risk of ZIKV transmission. Increasing or widespread transmission has been reported. Pregnant women are advised to postpone non-essential travel until after pregnancy. Details of specific affected areas within this country are not available.”
Trip Advisor is full of bad advice about mosquito repellent. Consumer Reports tests effectiveness, rather than just relying on anecdotal preference. DEET is one of the only active ingredients that is effective (there are a few others, but usually not those advocated most vociferously on Trip Advisor)
Truth be told Zika is not new. It has been around since it was discovered in the late 50's. The 24 hour news cycle has made it more of a issue lately is all. Zika can be and is anywhere! There is a lot of speculation that it's actually the pesticides and chemicals used in certain areas that are the problem and not the Zika itself. It's always something. Bird flu, mad cow, swine flu, Zika, etc.
Oh and don't forget SARS, lynchtlcl. I wonder where that went.
Just because a disease has not been "newsworthy" until its spread brings it to the World's attention doesn't mean it's potential impact should be ignored or the worry it will have like Zika on would be parents.
So Picaridin is more effective than DEET at at lower concentration, it's also said to be less irritating.
Odomos was not tested in that linked report probably because it's not readily available in the USA, but it has been shown to be as effective as Deet in one study.
Well apart from India odomos doesn't seem to be readily available anywhere..
Manicus.Edited: 08 October 2016, 16:57