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Mosquitoes, ticks and other pests: Prevention is better than cure
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Ticks and mosquitoes transmit dangerous diseases. Learn here how to protect yourself, for example by using repellents containing Saltidin®.

Risk of transmission from ticks and insects is on the rise

It is well known that ticks and mosquitoes can transmit the pathogens that cause Lyme disease and malaria - but these common bloodsuckers can spread many more diseases. The pathogens are passed on through the insects’ suckers and saliva.

"If the host blood holds pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria or parasites, the insects ingest them while sucking, multiply them many times, and transmit them to the next host," explains parasitologist Prof. Dr. Heinz Mehlhorn. "This happens because the saliva that is released during the sucking process to keep the host blood from coagulating contains many pathogens." This is how the viruses of early summer meningoencephalitis (FSME)*, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and tick-borne Encephalitis (TBE) are transmitted, among others, or the pathogens of spotted fever or malaria. 

“Ticks and many groups of insects, including mosquitoes and horseflies*, require blood for their own nutrition. Females also need it for producing their offspring.” 

Prof. Dr. Heinz Mehlhorn, parasitologist

A swarm of flying mosquitoes in a field.

Ticks and mosquitoes: dangerous not only in tropical regions

Diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes can be life-threatening or even fatal. For instance, malaria is in place six of the top causes of death on a list released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

It is important to protect yourself from mosquitoes and ticks, which can carry diseases, not only in your home area, but also when you travel long-distance. Malaria, yellow fever, West Nile fever, chikungunya and dengue fever can be transmitted here - the latter due to increasing globalization and increased travel.

Dengue is not the only disease originating in the tropics that can infect people in Europe. According to information from Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI), mosquitoes that can transmit the west-nile-virus or the chikungunya-virus are now also present in southern and central Europe. 

The same is true for ticks, who can pass on Lyme disease or meningitis. They are becoming more and more of a problem in Europe, including Germany, with new risk areas for tick-borne meningoencephalitis (TBE) getting added on the map each year.

The impact of climate change on the insect population

Potentially dangerous insects are found in ever more areas around the world. Professor Dr. Heinz Mehlhorn explains: "We are currently experiencing a phase of global warming. As a result, the tick population is spreading out, either in its current locations or into other continents as a result of increased global travel and goods traffic by humans and animals." 
A study by the German Federal Environmental Agency confirms this.

Reliable protection against ticks and other insects

“In their search for food, ticks and other insects are attracted by their hosts’ movements and, above all, by their exhalations," explains Heinz Mehlhorn. Therefore, to protect yourself from bites and stings, you should apply or spray repellents containing Saltidin® to your skin and clothing*. The repellants suppress body odors and make us invisible to mosquitoes and ticks. "To protect against mosquito bites, repellents must be applied to all exposed areas of the skin," emphasizes Heinz Mehlhorn.

“Bear in mind that pets attract bloodsuckers just as humans do. Therefore, it is important to also protect them from infestation by mosquitoes, biting flies, and ticks.“

Prof. Dr. Heinz Mehlhorn, parasitologist

Are there any vaccines that might protect me?

There are vaccinations to prevent some of the diseases associated with mosquito bites and ticks. Vaccines are available against dengue fever, yellow fever, and tick-borne meningoencephalitis (TBE), according to the RKI (Robert Koch Institute), and they are recommended in high-risk areas. 

Researchers at Oxford University recently developed the first vaccine that offers 75 percent protection against Malaria. Further studies to test the vaccine's effectiveness are now underway.

First aid for tick and insect bites

If despite all precautions, a mosquito or tick has outsmarted you, the following procedure will help:

  • Cooling the area where the bite occurred relieves pain and swelling.
  • Thermal bite healers destroy the protein structure of the venom that triggers the itching. They must be applied as soon as possible after the sting.
  • If the discomfort is very severe and does not subside for days, see a doctor.
  • You should remove ticks as quickly as possible. Avoid squeezing them! It is best to use L-shaped tweezers. 
  • The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention provide a how-to with a series of illustrations. Further tips can be found on the CDC website.
  • The German Allergy and Asthma Association points out that mosquito saliva might also cause allergic skin reactions, with the reaction being particularly severe in the case of stings by imported tropical mosquito species.

Prevention is better than cure

Saltidin®/Icaridin helps you in many different ways:

  • The active ingredient, which is well-tolerated, reliably repels insects - and in this way protects sensitive people and allergy sufferers in particular.
  • The use of repellents containing Saltidin® curbs the transmission of dangerous diseases.
  • You also avoid other undesirable effects of insect bites, such as itching and inflammation.

Conclusion: With Saltidin®, when used as directed, you can effectively protect your health and that of your loved ones - and enjoy your time outdoors without worries.

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Regulatory Compliance Information

Some of the end uses of the products described in this publication do not comply with applicable regulations in the United States or Canada, such as the FIFRA or PMRA, and must not be used in this manner. For users in the United States or Canada please visit picaridin.saltidin.com

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