There are many changes in the insect repellent market due to the European Biocidal Products Regulations. This has led to a lot of our customers contacting us for clarification. Our TMB Team has answered some of the most common questions below.


What is a biocide?

A biocide is any substance that repels, attracts or kills any living organism.

What are the Biocidal Products Regulations?

The Biocidal Products Regulations 528/2012 are a strict code that has been introduced across Europe to ensure all manufacturers will have to comply with the same rules and regulations no matter which country they are from. The idea is that the most sensible common practices are used across the whole of Europe.

What is DEET?

DEET (diethyltoluamide) is considered the most effective mosquito repellent available today. It was developed in the US in 1944 for military use originally and is formulated so that the mosquito’s receptors are blocked from sensing the sweat, smell or CO2 given off by a human.


Do TMB Insect Repellents comply?

Of course, TMB have worked with many experts to ensure that our repellents meet the relevant and legal obligations set out within the Biocide Product Directive.



So which repellent should I use?

TMB offer a full range of insect repellents for every requirement. Here is a quick guide:

If you are going to Europe with little risk of malaria, then a milder repellent, such as TMB Outdoors or TMB Natural repellent would be best suited.

If you are travelling off the beaten track into Asia, Africa or South America, we would always recommend DEET or Saltidin based products.

For the jungle or in areas of high temperature or high risk, TMB Classic or TMB Extreme would certainly be recommended.

For families with children travelling to malarial areas, we would suggest TMB Extreme as the DEET concentration is 30% but it is longer lasting, swear and splash resistant.

What else do I need to consider?

The most important thing is to enjoy your travels. We try our hardest to make our products easy to use and effective so your trip can be the fun experience it should be!

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