Our relationship with insects is a complex one, no more so than with the vectors responsible for infecting us with a wide range of disease.
Protecting ourselves is equally complicated, once you take in to account the impacts it has on our health and environment. A targeted, integrated
approach is required to ensure our efforts are effective and cause the least impact possible on life around us.
The toxicity of synthetic compounds like DEET, Permethrin, Fipronil and Picardin, used widely in repellents and insecticides, are increasingly well
known. Adverse effects to a range of natural products are less so.