ARCTEC creates a buzz about insect repellents in the run up to Rio Olympics

Holidaymakers are being urged to use insect repellents and wearable tools to protect themselves against bites and the diseases they can spread as part of the third annual Bug Off! campaign from our insect control product testing facility, ARCTEC.

The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil and ongoing public health emergency in the country has led to much public concern about mosquito-transmitted diseases, especially in the run up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. With the games fast approaching, scientists from ARCTEC are advising Team GB on personal protection tools and methods to help prevent bites from mosquitoes. They will also be reassuring travellers with the aim of Bug Off! 2016 to be the go-to hub for clear information and tools needed to stay safe when on tropical trips.

They recommend applying repellents containing 20-50% DEET to the skin when in countries with diseases spread by insects. Although medicine and vaccines can prevent some diseases, they don’t prevent them all: in those cases, stopping the bite in the first place is the best line of defence.

The team will be creating a swarm of activities to inform and educate the public through social media, school activities and interactive events at major travel hubs. Some of the events are designed to raise money to support families affected by Zika. Full details will be announced soon at www.bug-off.org.

Although medicine and vaccines can prevent some diseases, they don't prevent them all: in those cases, stopping the bite in the first place is the best line of defence.”

They recommend applying repellents containing 20-50% DEET to the skin when in countries with diseases spread by insects. Although medicine and vaccines can prevent some diseases, they don’t prevent them all: in those cases, stopping the bite in the first place is the best line of defence.

The team will be creating a swarm of activities to inform and educate the public through social media, school activities and interactive events at major travel hubs.

Full details will be announced soon at bug-off.org