FAQs

Why should we use tick repellent?

Infected ticks are found throughout the UK and cases of Lyme disease are on the up. It’s important to take steps to help protect you and your family.

Public Health England and Scotland recommends incorporating a repellent into your daily routine to cut down the risk of contracting Lyme disease while outdoors.

Botanic Protect spray is scientifically proven to give effective protection against ticks.

Who can use Botanic Protect tick repellent?

Botanic Protect tick repellent is naturally derived and can be used by all the family, including babies from 6 months plus. It’s DEET free and kind on skin. 

When should we use tick repellent?

Whenever your family is doing outdoor based activities. Here are some handy tips:

• Spray the kids with Botanic Protect tick repellent in the morning before Forest School
• Always pack a bottle on family days out
• Keep a bottle in your bag for those spontaneous trips to the park!
• Use at the weekend on woodland walks
• Keep a bottle by the back door ready for country dog walks

What is DEET?

DEET is the chemical found in many insect repellents. It is a powerful chemical and is well known for melting plastics and synthetic fabrics and so can be a real pain when using with watches, cameras, camping equipment etc.

Concerns have been raised about the potential harmful side effects of DEET on the nervous system, particularly in children and pregnant women. Further research has been called for to evaluate the potential risk to humans.

There are also concerns about the environmental impact of DEET since it is not biodegradable.

What is Botanic Protect made from?

The repellent formula in Botanic Protect contains a naturally derived ingredient from the Eucalyptus citriodora tree – a natural and renewable resource grown in several parts of the world. This is what gives the spray its fresh eucalyptus smell!

How does Botanic Protect tick repellent work?

Botanic Protect acts as a powerful repellent against ticks. It uses the natural repellent quality found in the essential oil derived from Eucalyptus citriodora trees. Using a process that mimics and accelerates the ageing process which naturally occurs in the leaf, the conversion process strengthens the natural repellent effect making it more powerful.

Is your product sustainable?

Yes! Our naturally derived tick repellent has been given a sustainability score of 64 (‘Very Good‘) by sustainable shopping site, Dayrize.com – who know their stuff when it comes to sustainability!

In the climate change category, which evaluates our carbon footprint, we were rated 92 – ‘Best in Class‘!!

Where do you deliver?

We ship to most parts of the UK! Orders placed through our online shop can be processed to Mainland UK, Mainland Scotland and the Scottish Borders.

If you live outside these areas, please email us at sales@botanicprotect.co.uk so that we can arrange delivery.

Your online shop is not accepting my post code?

Our online shop can only process orders to Mainland UK, Mainland Scotland and the Scottish Borders.

If you live outside these areas, please email us at sales@botanicprotect.co.uk so that we can process your order!

How should I apply Botanic Protect tick repellent?

As with all repellents, test a small patch of skin before use and apply for children avoiding eyes, hands and the area around their mouth.

Spray Botanic Protect tick repellent on all areas of exposed skin and rub in to ensure all skin is covered.

Be especially aware of exposed midriffs, ankles, neck, behind the ears and hairlines in children as they are the perfect height for lurking ticks.

When using on your face, we suggest applying it on your hands and then rubbing on cheeks, nose and forehead, avoiding contact with eyes.

Shut your mouth and eyes when applying and spray in well-ventilated areas or outside.

Reapply as required. Reapply frequently if using in high risk areas, doing high risk activities, in hot weather or if you are swimming, getting wet or sweating.

*Use insect repellents carefully. Always read the label and product information before use.*

How should we use Botanic Protect tick repellent with sun cream?

Apply Botanic Protect tick repellent after sun cream when using both together (use a minimum of 30 SPF).

Reapply frequently in hot weather of if you are swimming, getting wet or sweating.

Can I use Botanic Protect tick repellent if I am pregnant?

There have not been formal studies on pregnant women. However, if you do need to use a tick repellent, Botanic Protect, would be a logical choice as it is naturally derived and has very little skin absorption.

Can we use Botanic Protect tick repellent on pets?

We do not recommend using it on your pets – it’s just for us humans!

What should I do if Botanic Protect tick repellent gets in my eyes?

If your family accidentally gets Botanic Protect tick repellent in their eyes, don’t worry, it will sting but the irritation is temporary. Wash your hands and eyes with water and the stinging will soon stop.

What if we are travelling abroad?

Botanic Protect tick repellent is scientifically proven to give effective protection against ticks so you can take it abroad with you.

Reapply frequently if you are in high risk areas or carrying out high risk activities. Also, try to stick to our tick prevention tips where possible.

What are your top tips for avoiding tick bites?

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Will Botanic Protect be launching any other products?

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What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection which can be spread through the bite of an infected tick. It is a very serious condition which affects the nervous system.

What are ticks?

Ticks are small, spider like creatures that feed on the blood of animals and humans. Ticks climb to the tips of vegetation and search for potential hosts to feed on. During this feeding process, ticks can transmit infectious diseases, like Lyme disease.

What type of tick carries Lyme disease?

There are approximately 20 species of ticks found in the UK. Ixodes ricinus (also known as sheep or castor bean ticks) pose the most threat to humans.

Where do you find infected ticks?

Ticks thrive anywhere with ground vegetation, like woodlands and parks, including urban parks, like in the high profile case of Matt Dawson.

The former England rugby player was infected with Lyme disease after a visit to Richmond Park and had to undergo multiple heart operations and is still on medication.

When is tick season?

Ticks are most active between March and October although Lyme disease cases are reported all year round.

How to avoid tick bites?

Here are our ‘top tick tips’:

1.       Stick to clearly marked paths – to avoid brushing past vegetation where ticks may be lurking!
2.       Always use a blanket or mat when sitting on grass
3.       Wear light coloured clothing so ticks can be spotted easily and brushed off
4.       Wear trousers, even on hot days to avoid direct exposure to ticks
5.       Use our tick repellent
6.       Be especially aware of waists, ankles, midriffs, backs of necks, behind ears, hairlines and groins, as ticks love to attach in dark, damp places!
7.       Carry out regular ‘tick checks’ after outdoor activities
8.       Keep our tick removers in the house and with you on days out
9.       Stay up to date with your pet tick treatments

Remember, ticks can be as small as a poppy seed or pin head and tick bites don’t always hurt, so check thoroughly!

Lyme Disease UK also recommends showering after spending time outdoors as part of your ‘tick check’.

Should you use tick repellent in winter?

Yes! Recent warm winters (thought to be linked to climate change) means Lyme disease charities report tick bites being picked up on cold winter days, so it’s important to use tick repellent all year round.

What animals host ticks?

Ticks thrive on deer, cattle (sheep, cows, horses), small mammals (rodents, squirrels, badgers) and wild birds (pheasants, garden birds).

Can I pick up a tick from my dog?

Yes. Ticks attach to pets while outside and can then move to their owners.

Researchers at the University of Bristol studied 14,000 dogs across the UK and found that almost a third were carrying a tick!

You can keep up to date with your pet tick treatments (usually combined with flea treatments). We find FIPROtec and Advantage combined spot-on treatments work well. For more top tips, sign up to our newsletter here.

Do ticks carry any other diseases?

Yes, there are a number of tick-borne diseases.

Ticks carry Encephalitis, a virus which can affect the brain and central nervous system. Encephalitis can be fatal. It was detected for the first time in 2019 in Thetford Forest and the Hampshire-Dorset border.

Ticks also carry Babesia, parasites that infect red blood cells which cause symptoms similar to Lyme disease.

Alpha-gal allergy is a type of red-meat allergy which is the result of past exposure to tick bites. It was first reported in 2002.

What does Lyme disease do to a person?

Early symptoms of Lyme disease can include flu like symptoms (fever, headache and fatigue), paralysis of the face and nerve pains.

It is associated with a red ‘bulls-eye’ rash around the site of the bite but it’s important to know that not all cases of Lyme disease present this trademark rash.

If it is not treated quickly, there is a risk of developing chronic symptoms including meningitis, swelling of the joints, memory loss, face paralysis, numbness or limb pains, eye and heart problems.

When is Lyme Disease Awareness month?

Lyme Disease Awareness Month takes place in May every year and helps to raise awareness about tick prevention across the UK.

Do you take trade orders?

Yes, we are supplying our naturally derived tick repellent across the UK!

Please email us on sales@botanicprotect.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help!

“Great work you are doing there. Ticks need more publicity in this country”

Shane, Course Tutor, Inspired Forest School Training, Gloucestershire
Going outdoors. Think tick prevention. Think Botanic Protect.

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