Personal Protection FAQs

We’ve provided some information on insect repellent, products and uses.

Can’t find the answer to your question?

Feel free to contact us, we are always ready to assist you with any question you may have in mind.

+ What’s the best time to apply repellent?

We encourage application of RID® repellent before heading outdoors. Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and at dusk although in some warmer climates mosquitoes can be present during day light hours. Make sure you read the label and follow directions on each pack.

+ Are repellents safe to use on babies and young children?

Repellents should not be used on infants under twelve (12) months old.

In young children, squirt a little onto your hands and apply to young children by rubbing onto ankles, elbows, wrists, forehead, and all the other places where your skin is thin—and where mosquitos love to feed.

Do not apply to eyes, mouth or babies hands.

When selecting a repellent to use on children or babies choose one with no more than 10 per cent DEET, follow the manufacturers instructions and only use mosquito repellents sparingly.

There are no known severe effects of using DEET, except through inappropriate use such as ingestion, inhalation or eye exposure.

+ Which RID® product best suits me?

Choosing a repellent is as simply as keeping in mind just how long you’ll need to protect yourself for your time outdoors.   For a short walk to the park, a low concentration repellent such as RID® Kids or RID® Low Irritant will do the trick and protect you for up to 2 and 3 hours respectively.

In the case of a family afternoon BBQ, RID’s Antiseptic plus range offers up to 4 hours protection and is a great all rounder for the whole family with added Chamomile to soothe a bite and Vitamin E to assist with wound healing.

If you’re off on a major outdoor adventure spending more time outdoors you’ll need a higher concentration like RID®’s Tropical Strength for up to 6 hours protection.

Remember for longer time periods or sweating simply re-apply to stay protected.

DEET concentration determines how long it will last—not how well it will work. If you’ll be outside for 90 minutes or less, using a product with 7 to 10% DEET will do the job, and you can always reapply to extend its efficacy.

All RID® Medicated Insect Repellents include first-aid antiseptic and come in a variety of applications to suit everyday needs.

+ What makes RID different from other brands?

The RID difference has long lived in its Australian heritage, growing up with Australian’s since the mid 1950’s it was the familiar magenta pack, that was relied upon to repel biting insects and found in medicine cabinets everywhere.

Our enviable reputation of a quality product, well-respected brand in a highly competitive category is a great achievement that has evolved simply because ‘it works’.

RID® effectively controls and repels mosquitoes, flies and other insects by using a superior formula of the highest quality DEET combined with a fly repellent and healing medicinal ingredients containing antiseptic to prevent inflammation. It has been RID®s’ underlying formula that gives the brand the innovative edge by offering before and after bite protection as well as a high quality repellent.

Today, RID® continues to care for and protect everyday people in their everyday needs. It’s Australian made and more importantly Australian owned.

Whether you’re off camping under the stars on a weekend getaway, taking the boat to out to wet a line, get out and do what you love doing.

  • RID® is “Medicated” personal repellent meaning that it contains Antiseptic that acts as an antibacterial agent to prevent infections from germs left behind caused by insect bites.
  • Awarded the most effective repellent by consumer watchdogs both here in Australia* and New Zealand* (Nov. 2013 Consumer Magazine “Choice” Product Review. Jan. 2014 NZ Consumer Product Review).
  • RID is not tested on animals, does not include CFC’s in its Aerosol sprays and RID bottles are recyclable.
+ Which is the best product to take when travelling overseas?

We recommended RID® pump sprays or pump lotions, available in 6, 4 and 3 hour protection packs for use when travelling overseas.

These selected products offer effective protection even in the worst possible conditions with convenience in size and volume.

For directions on use please check and follow the label instructions.

When travelling to high-risk areas, especially overseas, it is recommended that you get expert medical advice before starting your trip.

+ How does the repellent work?

The insecticides slowly evaporate into the air, producing an invisible chemical barrier around the areas on the body where it is applied, repelling incoming insects.

+ Is it true that higher DEET is better for protection?

No. Its a common myth is that the higher the DEET per cent is relevant to how well it works but this is not true.  DEET concentration determines how long it will last—not how well it will work.

If you’ll be outside for 90 minutes or less, using a product with 7 to 10% DEET will do the job, and you can always reapply to extend its efficacy for longer periods outdoors.

In the case of 20% DEET content, with a slow release additive, has been proven to be just as effective as any of the higher concentrations with a slow release agent.  A 20 per cent DEET concentration, applied correctly will last up to 6 hours.

Higher DEET per cent does not protect you any better just for longer period of time.


+ Why would I buy repellent with DEET over natural products?

The most effective repellents contain DEET and are proven to be more effective than natural products.

It is important to remember that botanical-based natural repellents WILL provide some limited protection against biting mosquitoes. The biggest problem is that they will need to be reapplied 3-4 times as often as even a low dose DEET-based repellent to provide comparable protection.

DEET (Diethyltoluamide, N,N – diethyl – 3- methylbenzamide) remains the gold standard of currently available insect repellents. It is a broad spectrum agent that is effective against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, leeches and many biting insects.

In most situations, products containing 10 per cent or less DEET are enough to prevent mosquito bites. In higher risk areas (e.g. areas where malaria, Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and dengue fever occur) insect repellents with 15-30 per cent DEET should be used.

Light coloured clothes covering to the wrists and ankles should be worn to reduce the possibility of being bitten, especially in areas where malaria is common.

When travelling to high-risk areas, especially overseas, it is recommended that you get expert medical advice before starting your trip.

DEET can be safely applied to cotton, wool and nylon but may damage spandex, rayon, acetate and pigmented leather. DEET can dissolve plastic and vinyl (e.g. eyeglass frames)


+ What is Tricolsan and is it safe?

With the recent announcement from the United States Food and Drug Administration on their ruling for the active constituent ‘Tricolsan’ to no longer be marketed, there are many questions being asked if Tricolsan is still safe?

A good question and one we take seriously.  To assist in providing answers we have put together some factual information below to assist in clarifying the ruling made by the USA Food and Drug Association and provide to you our testimony to the rules and regulations that RID Australia and it’s products under the RID Medicated Personal Insect Repellent brand abide by in the manufacturing and marketing of our products.

What is Tricolsan?

Tricolsan, is an antimicrobial compound that is currently used in consumer products ranging from antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, cosmetics, fabrics, toys and other household and personal care products.

The ingredient is intended to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination and is an active ingredient in RID Medicated Personal Insect Repellent range.

Who regulates the use of Tricolsan for use in Australia?

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority is the governing regulator of products here in Australia.

All RID Medicated Personal Insect Repellent products are registered with the APVMA and are approved in accordance with the active constituents approved under section 14A of the Agvet Code.

Tricolsan is currently an approved active constituent and remains listed as an active not requiring evaluation.

In Australia, The Department of Health, National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme carried out an assessment on Tricolsan and their assessment for public findings did not find convincing evidence that Tricolsan poses a risk to humans by inducing or transmitting antibacterial resistance.

If any regulatory action on Triclosan in personal insect repellents is discussed or proposed RID Australia will naturally and willingly contribute to and participate in such discussions for the product brand RID Medicated Personal Insect Repellent.

The United States Food and Drug Administration Ruling outcome.

Whilst there has been recent media awareness surrounding the announcement by the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the active ingredient to no longer be marketed, the amendment is part of the FDA’s ongoing rulemaking to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of over the counter drug products marketed in the United States.

That said, this final rules applies to consumer antiseptic wash products that are intended for use with water and are rinsed off after use, including hand washes and body washes.   Accordingly, this final rule covers only over the counter consumer antiseptic washes that are intended for use as either a hand wash or a body wash, and does not cover health care antiseptics, consumer antiseptic rubs, antiseptics identified as “first aid antiseptics” or antiseptics used by the food industry. Those antiseptic products are not addressed in this final rule.

+ Can I use RID on my animals?

Horse owners use RID® Aerosol spray to protect their animals from mosquito and fly bites. Other people put RID® cream on the ears of their cats and dogs, to prevent tick bites and to help heal infection caused by multiple tick and mosquito bites. Other people apply a monthly treatment of RID® cream to their pets for flea control.

Note: No tests have been completed for use on animals. The above advice is provided by RID® users who have had success with using RID® on their animals.  Always check with your Veterinarian prior to application on animals.

+ What do you mean by: "DEET is a plasticiser"?

RID® contains DEET which is the best mosquito repellent in the world. However, DEET will soften many plastics. That is why the following caution is printed on the back of the bottle or can of RID®.

Always keep in an upright position in a cool dry place. Avoid situations where leaks or spills of this product could contact and damage spectacle frames, contact lenses, soft plastics, PVC, vinyl, leather, some clothing dyes, timber fittings, painted and polished surfaces.

The DEET in RID® softens these materials, and the damage cannot be repaired.

+ Is it safe to use RID® while pregnant?

Use caution with any product that contains the chemical DEET (N, N-ethyl-m-toluaminde or m-DET), as some people are sensitive to it and can experience harmful side effects. But most people won’t have any adverse effects when they use DEET as recommended on the label.

In order to minimize exposure, always use a product with the lowest concentration of DEET needed for your protection. When possible, apply the pesticide to your clothing rather than directly to your skin.

+ What if my child accidently swallows some RID® cream?

It is recommended to seek medical advice if swallowed. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. Give water or milk to drink.

FIRST AID: If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or Poisons Information Centre. Phone Australia 131126, New Zealand 0800 764 766 immediately.


+ How much DEET is safe for children?

Royal Childrens’ Hospital has released their updated guidelines for insect repellent use on Children. Read the guidelines to become more familiar with product information to better protect you and your children in at risk areas.

+ What if my pet swallows some RID®?

Give your pet water to drink and contact your veterinarian or Poisons Information Centre (Australia: 131 126).

+ Could the DEET in RID® damage my skin?

Insect repellents containing DEET have been used for over 30 years by many people, approximately 8 billion applications a year, with only occasional reports of skin irritations and allergic reactions by people with sensitive skin.

RID® should be treated like other medications when it is first used. A small amount should be applied to the skin to test for irritation or allergic reaction. Application should be discontinued if irritation or allergic reaction occurs. Medical advice should be sought if irritation or allergic reaction persists. RID® should not be applied to broken skin, near eyes, on lips, or on mucus membranes.


+ How do I stop mosquitoes carrying Zika virus biting me?

With plenty of global attention surrounding the Zika Virus, we thought it appropriate to remind you – prevention is always the best approach !

We would urge all to please follow the advice of our Health Authorities. Here are 2 links to understand the Zika Facts and what you can do to prevent infection PLUS what you can do to remove potential breeding sites around your home.…/C…/ohp-zika-factsheet-basics.htm… and…/mosquito-…/breeding-sites/index.html

Be assured that all RID® products contain DEET, which is recommended by the professionals to be most effective in repelling mosquito’s that carry diseases. Stay safe.

+ Will RID® protect me from Malaria, Ross River Virus, and Dengue Fever?

The Australian Health Departments and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia recommend that people use personal insect repellents containing DEET (N,N Diethyl-M-Toluamide) to protect themselves from catching diseases, such as Malaria, Ross River virus, and Dengue Fever which are carried by mosquitoes.

Because RID® contains DEET, it will assist to  protect you from disease carrying insects.  To reduce the risk of diseases its recommending to cover-up with a loose fitting long sleeved shirts and long pants when outside, take special care during peak mosquito biting hours, especially at dawn and dusk and when travelling to high-risk areas, especially overseas, it is recommended that you get expert medical advise before starting your trip.