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Care Plus Icaridin 20% Insect Repellent

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Care Plus Icaridin 20% Insect Repellent

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Care Plus™ Icaridin 20% provides 12 hour protection against mosquitoes and ticks, and 10 hours of protection against black flies.

Studies show that Icaridin at a 20% concentration repels mosquitoes and ticks at least as well as DEET 30% and provides longer-lasting protection.

Icaridin provides effective, long-lasting protection against a broad range of biting insects including:

  • Mosquitoes
  • Ticks
  • Black flies

When used as directed, this pest control product repels ticks that may carry Lyme disease.

Care Plus™ is not greasy or sticky, making it the perfect solution for outdoor work and sports. Icaridin is also gentle on apparel and gear.

It won’t damage clothing, backpacks, sunglasses, watches, fishing line or other synthetic items.


What is Icaridin?
Icaridin (also known as Picaridin) is the common name of the compound Hydroxyethyl Isobutyl Piperidine Carboxylate that is used in topical insect repellents. It is a synthetic replica of the natural compound piperine, found in pepper plants. It is an odourless and almost colourless liquid. Icaridin is known as an effective insect repellent.
How does Icaridin work?
Icaridin repels insects and makes them less likely to bite. It works in the same way as DEET by blocking the insect’s sense of smell to the presence of humans.
Can Icaridin be used on children?

When used as directed, Icaridin 20% can  be used by adults and children 6 months and older. Icaridin is virtually odourless and its non-greasy formulation is gentle on the skin. Irritation and allergic reactions are very uncommon. Icaridin-based products have low acute toxicity by all routes.

Is Care Plus™ Icaridin 20% as effective as DEET30%?
Research indicates that Icaridin 20% is as good as, or better than DEET 30% in repelling mosquitoes, ticks, black flies and other biting insects.


And, it’s safe to use on children as young as 6 months.


Does Care Plus™ Icaridin 20% really last longer than DEET 30%?
Icaridin provides long lasting protection of up to 12 hours for Icaridin 20%.


By comparison, DEET provides up to 6 hours for DEET 30%.

Why is Care Plus™Icaridin not as well known as DEET-based brands?

While DEET has been around for over 50 years, Icaridin is a relative newcomer in North America, entering the U.S. market in 2005 and approved by Health Canada in 2012.

In Europe, where Icaridin has been available for over 25 years, it is the best -selling insect repellent.

Does Icaridin harm the environment?
According to the US National Pesticide Information Center, scientists have found Icaridin in wastewater going into treatment plants but not in water that had been treated. Scientific findings suggest that Icaridin will bind to soil, where bacteria will break it down. Icaridin isn’t likely to end up in ground water based on its physical properties and how it is used.

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