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Protection for the masses
We find out about Lifesystems’ range of bite and sting protection products, whether deterring jellyfish or flying insects.
he Lifesystems 2012 product range covers a selection of solutions designed to offer you protection in a number of
Its insect repellent range varies from DEET- based sprays to bite relief tools, to electric insect killers and fabric treatments
“Extensive research is undertaken to ensure that Lifesystems repellents provide the best possible protection over the longest period of time,” the company says. “At the same time, we recognise that people in extreme infested environments may require a more concentrated repellent, so the range includes a choice of strengths.”
DEET, chemical name N, N-Diethyl-meta- toluamide, is the active ingredient used to repel mosquitos and other insects by blocking receptors in their antennae, stopping them honing in on the source of chemical and physical properties, such as carbon dioxide and body heat, which they are attracted to.
Lifesystems says the DEET-based range has been formulated to give set levels of protection depending on the environment the user is visiting and the activity being undertaken. This goes from the Expedition Plus 100+ spray, which is designed for use in heavily infested areas and has 95 per cent DEET for protection lasting longer than 10 hours, to the Expedition 50, with 50 per cent DEET for protection of up to eight hours. Expedition 50 is available as a roll-on or spray and in a midge and mosquito variant that uses myrtle oil and plant extracts to provide increased protection against smaller biting
insects, such as midges. Expedition Endurance uses a time release agent to allow DEET to evaporate at a slower rate and provide protection for up to 12 hours.
There is also the Natural Plus 30+ that contains no DEET, instead using Citrepel 75 as a natural active ingredient. Citrepel 75 is derived from the eucalyptus plant and is said to be proven to repel mosquitos, midges, horseflies, sand flies, gnats and ticks. Natural Pus 30+ is intended for use on children over six months of age and offers up to eight hours of protection.
Expedition Plus repellents also feature a dual action formula that Lifesystems said combines natural
pyrethroids as a bite inhibitor with the repellent, making ‘our most effective bite repellent’, according to the company.
If a bite does occur, Lifesystems offers a bite relief roll-on that uses natural witch hazel extract to reduce the irritation, cool the skin and soothe the area. A bite relief tool, Bite Relief Click, uses a piezoelectric pulse to reduce irritation. Travellers staying in hotels and hostels also need protection from unwanted insects that have found their way into their room, so Lifesystems offers plug-in killers that neutralise any risk. And there is a battery operated device that can be used in tents and dormitories that requires two AA batteries to provide seven nights of protection from one cartridge. For those looking for more protection than that offered by repellents, Lifesystems has a range
of treatments that can be used to remove the risk of bites and stings.
From insect fumers, which release an insecticidal smoke that kills any crawling or flying insect it comes into contact with in a 120 cu m room, to an anti-bedbug kit that can be used to treat mattresses, bedding and bed frames when traveling.
The EX4 anti-mosquito spray treatment is designed for use on fabrics and textiles, from tents and nets to blankets and now clothing, providing an extra layer of protection to the fibres of a material.
“Scientific testing has shown that our anti-mosquito treatments
last a considerable length of time on the fabric and are wash-resistant,” Lifesystems says. As well as insect repellents, Lifesystems has developed a line of sun protection creams that offer protection against UVA and UVB rays whether at high altitude or in the general outdoors.
Available in SPF25 or SPF40, the Active sun protection creams feature an anti-jellyfish formula that it is said deters their often painful stings. The formula has been extensively tested using the Portuguese Man o' War. Lifesystems says: “A jellyfish sting can be painful so we have worked with experts to incorporate a highly effective jellyfish repellent. This means that if you brush past a jellyfish, it is less likely to sting you.”
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