Facts about the insecticide Picaridin

Sunday, 2/10/2016

Job of Insect Repellents?

The responsibility of insect repellents is not only limited to keep mosquitoes, ticks, gnats and other bugs away, but allow to ensure that insect repellents are a safe and are working in an effective way to prevent insect-borne diseases.

Mosquito bites might lead to any one of the following disease:
●West Nile virus
●Dengue fever
Insect repellents are useful to prevent bites, skin eruptions and rashes that are caused by an insect’s bite. Mosquito bites can cause several skin irritation starting by an allergic reaction through the mosquito’s saliva. Authorities, like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Organization have offered the use of insect repellents to prevent mosquito-borne diseases.


Picaridin (pronounced pih-CARE-a-den) is a synthetic compound developed from a plant extract from the genus Piper. Picaridin has been available in markets since 1998 in Europe and Australia—also it is the best-selling insect repellent—but it was approved for sale in the United States only in 2005.
It is also known as KBR 3023, and it is an active ingredient that has been out in the markets of Europe, Australia, Latin America and Asia for a long time.
Past researches and studies have shown that picaridin is the most effective among all other repelling mosquitoes. Characteristics of picaridin are as follows:
●It is odorless,
●It is non-greasy,
●And it does not dissolve plastics or other synthetics.
Picaridin is an insect repellent that is used directly on the skin. It is a component that belongs to the piperidine chemical family, which is found in the group of plants that is used to make black pepper. Picaridin has been widely used as an insect repellent.
An important advantage of picaridin over the other insect repellent is that it does not damage plastic or fabric or use them. The various brand names are available in sprays and wipes for application to the skin.

Products that contain picaridin?

Picaridin is also used on human skin or clothing to repel mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas, and chiggers. These picaridin products can be a pump spray, a liquid, an aerosol, or a wipe. There are about two dozen of products of picaridin for sale in market all over the world specially in the United State.
The consumer needs to follow label instructions and take steps to avoid exposure. If any exposures occur, one must be sure to follow the First Aid instructions on the product label carefully or contact to contact immediately.

How does picaridin work?

Picaridin manage insects by keeping them away and makes them less likely to bite and less dangerous. It blocks the mosquitoes from sensing their prey. Although Picaridin doesn’t kill insects, it tends to make them inactive and senseless.
Before utilizing the product of picaridin, the user is required to inform their doctor or pharmacist to check whether the user is allergic to it or not, or whether the user have a record of other allergies. Permethrin products may cause allergic reaction or many other problems. So it is suggested to contact the pharmacist or doctor before its use.

Uses of Picaridin
Picaridin is mainly used directly on the skin. It may also be inhaled when sprays are used or sprayed around the body, especially in indoor places where the vapors remain for some time longer. If someone doesn’t wash hands after applying an insect repellent and then go for having food, it might be possible that they may swallow some amount of picaridin.
●Picaridin is used on the human body and clothing to repel
●biting flies
● ticks,
● fleas,
● and mosquitoes.

The products containing picaridin often a range level ranging from Caution to Danger.

●Target Organisms like insects.
●Picaridin both repels and deters mosquitoes

Environmental Facts
Picaridin also have effects on the following environmental components: