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LANXESS’ Saltidin® Insect Repellent Active Ingredient Now Approved by the Armed Forces Pest Management Board

Pittsburgh – LANXESS Corporation’s Saltidin® (also known by the names Picaridin in the U.S. and Icaridin in Canada) insect repellent active ingredient, used in Tender Corporation’s commercial product, Natrapel® 20% spray, has been approved by the Armed Forces Pest Management Board for National Stock Number (NSN) assignment in the military and the Department of Defense (DoD) stock system.


Starting in 2007, the U.S. Army conducted tests on insect repellent products effective against pests that cause infectious diseases including malaria and dengue fever caused by mosquitoes, and Leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease caused by the bites from sandflies.  These pests are commonly encountered by American troops outside the United States. The test products were rated based on efficacy, how they feel on the skin, smell, coverage and packaging. As a result of over 6 years of field tests, the Natrapel® 20% spray was awarded a NSN as an alternative to the current choice of insect repellent products containing only DEET.


“Consumers for years have felt safe using our active ingredient, Saltidin® and have enjoyed its long-lasting, effective protection.” said Kate Crouch, Head of LANXESS Corporation’s Saltigo (SGO) business unit. “We are pleased that service men and women will now be able to enjoy the same benefits of Tender Corporation’s Saltidin® based repellents.”


In the U.S., the 20% spray formulation containing Saltidin® is approved for 12 hours of effective protection from mosquitoes and ticks, including mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. It also repels biting flies, stable flies, black flies, gnats, chiggers and sand flies for up to eight hours. Saltidin® is one of the few DEET alternatives to offer users long-lasting protection from pests.


Saltidin® active ingredient combines long-lasting, effective protection with pleasant cosmetic properties leaving the skin neither oily greasy or sticky, and users have reported a pleasant skin feel after using these products.  Additionally, Saltidin® won’t damage fishing lines, plastics or other synthetic materials.


The Saltidin® active ingredient has been used worldwide since 1998 and is one of the best-selling active ingredients in Europe and Australia. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended Saltidin® as the product of choice for malaria prophylaxis. Insect repellents containing Saltidin® are currently available throughout the world in various forms, including sprays, lotions, wipes and sticks and come in concentrations ranging from five to 25 percent.


Amy Pietzak
Press Officer, North America

Phone: (412) 809-1528

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