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Saltidin®: Effective protection against mosquitoes, ticks and other stinging pests

Published on July 24, 2021

Bites from mosquitoes, ticks and other stinging pests pose a health risk. The LANXESS active ingredient Saltidin® keeps the annoying bloodsuckers away.

Prevent disease by keeping biting pests away

Disruptive species such as mosquitoes, biting flies, horseflies and ticks become active as soon as it gets warmer – much to the annoyance of humans and animals. Your painful bites and stings are itchy and may become infected or cause allergic reactions.

These pests can even transmit diseases such as: Malaria and dengue fever or the Zika virus. In some parts of Europe, including Germany, a tick bite can lead to early summer meningoencephalitis (tick-borne encephalitis) or even Lyme disease. Mosquitoes can also infect their victims West Nile feverleading to potentially dangerous complications.

The best defense is to prevent these blood-sucking insects from biting in the first place. Icaridin effectively stops biting pests. The LANXESS subsidiary Saltigo markets Icaridin to manufacturers of insect repellants under the Trade name Saltidin®.


Saltidin® is Saltigo’s brand name for the active ingredient. The name can sometimes be found on insect-repellent packaging, but more often you will find the chemical name Icaridin on the label or Picaridin on English-language packaging.

Icaridin is the chemical name of the active ingredient. It is a piperidine derivative, i.e. an almost odorless and colorless liquid that is practically insoluble in water. Icaridin was developed by Bayer in the 1980s using molecular modeling. As part of the Bayer Group’s restructuring program, the rights to manufacture and market the active ingredient were transferred to LANXESS in 2004.

How it works

Ticks, mosquitoes, horseflies, etc. recognize scent markers up to 30 meters away. These include carbon dioxide from sweat from the skin and body odors such as sweat or cosmetic fragrances. These scent markers act as a compass for these biting great apes.

Repellents containing Saltidin® interfere with this compass. A thin film that is applied over the skin masks the scent markers and, thanks to this camouflage effect, prevents stinging insects and ticks from recognizing humans as a source of food.

Saltidin® offers comprehensive protection – from mosquitoes to sand fleas

Products with Saltidin® offer comprehensive protection. The repellent effect of Saltidin® has been proven in various types of mosquitoes (Culex, Aedes and Anopheles) as well as in various types of ticks, mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches, flies and chiggers.

The advantage over insecticides is that the pests are not killed.

Saltidin® is safe and effective

According to numerous independent studies, Saltidin® / Icaridin


Almost odorless and colorless,

Not sticky or greasy,

Plastic compatible,

· Suitable for a wide variety of products and types of application, from spray to wax pencil.

Saltidin®: the all-round repellent

Insect repellants with Saltidin® are suitable for sensitive population groups, including children, pregnant women and allergy sufferers. This is why consumer protection authorities and institutes for tropical medicine recommend repellents with Saltidin®. In terms of tolerability, Saltidin® regularly outperforms the active ingredient diethyltoluamide (DEET) in reports from consumer organizations.

The gentle protection of Saltidin® does not compromise its long-term effectiveness. Depending on the recipe and the amount used, it works against insects and ticks for up to 14 hours. In addition, products with Saltidin® are also effective in protecting animals such as horses and dogs.

At home and abroad: Saltidin® protects you everywhere

Icaridin has been used successfully in personal repellants for over 20 years. Saltidin® products can be found in more than 50 countries and in numerous climate zones.

Products with Saltidin® offer reliable protection in the tropics. The German Society for Tropical Medicine, Travel Medicine and Global Health recommends them as prophylaxis against malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya and the Zika virus. The German Green Cross advises protection against yellow fever. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), effective insect protection is also essential to prevent West Nile fever.

From sprays to gels: Saltidin® does it all

Saltigo does not sell insect repellants directly to the consumer market. Instead, it markets Saltidin® to B2B customers who use it to make home repellants that can be applied in a variety of ways, including:

Pump sprays,


Spray emulsions,


· Wet wipes or

· Wax pencils

Over 500 Saltidin®-based products for humans and / or animals are currently registered in Germany. Bear the name Saltidin®, Icaridin® or Picaridin, they are available in pharmacies, supermarkets and drug stores.