FAQ - Mosquitoes and ticks
As soon as the nights get milder and the temperatures are rising, the biting pests are back. Mosquitoes and ticks make our lives hard.
As the bloodsuckers need blood for their reproduction, they bite us humans and leave an itching puncture behind. But as this isn’t enough, mosquitoes and ticks are also carriers of dangerous diseases. The most important diseases carried on by mosquitoes are malaria, yellow fever, dengue-fever and illnesses caused by the West Nile Virus. The best know diseases caused by ticks are lyme disease and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE).
How do I use kik Mosquito or Tick Repellent correctly?
- As the insects can detect even the smallest untreated skin area, always apply kik mosquito or tick repellent evenly and completely according to the instructions for use.
- Always apply kik mosquito or tick repellent as the last step, after the sun cream and cosmetics. It is recommended to use the product under thinner clothes, as mosquitoes can bite through thin fabrics.
- Re-apply after swimming, as kik mosquito and tick repellent isn’t water-proofed. Sweating and high air humidity can reduce the duration of the protection time. Re-apply if necessary.
Is kik suitable for kids?
- Yes, kik ACTIV can be used with children of 2 years. Always apply the pruduct according to the instructions.
- kik NATURE Mosquito Repellent Milk, Kik NATURE Mosquito Repellent Lotion and kik NATURE Tick Repellent Milk can be used for children of the age of 1.
- kik Disco-Click can be used for children of the age of 1.
Can I use kik ACTIV if I got sunburnt?
No, as sun burned skin must heal first before cosmetic products are applied to the skin. In this case we recommend to protect the damaged skin with clothes.
How do I remove a tick?
The tick should be removed as soon as possible with a tick card or with a thin pair of tweezers directly over the skin and with a continuous pull. Do not crush the tick while pulling it out! For more detailed information you can follow this link.
Why must a tick be removed as early as possible?
The ticks are to be removed as early as possible as they can transmit diseases. The most important ones are the pathogens of lyme disease (bacteria) and tick-borne encephalitis (viruses).
- The longer the suction lasts, the more likely is a transmission of pathogens.
- On average, an infection with Lyme disease bacteria takes 12-24 hours.
- The transmission of TBE viruses, however, begins immediately after the tick bite.
How do I protect myself from ticks?
- Application of an effective Tick Repellent (e.g. kik Tick NATURE Repellent)
- Solid shoes and body-covering, fitting clothes.
- Avoid bushes, high gras and shrubs
- Systematically search your body for ticks after a stay outdoors.