RID Insect Repellent

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RID is an Australian brand of personal insect repellent sold and distributed in Australia, New Zealand, worldwide and online.

It was the first insect repellent invented in Australia, in 1956. It is applied topically to exposed skin or clothing to repel mosquitoes, sandflies, midges, flies, fleas, ticks, head lice, mites and other insect pests, as well as leeches. RID is available in a variety of packsizes such as aerosols creams, and pump sprays. It is the only major brand of personal insect repellent that is Australian-made and -owned, and has been in production for over 57 years.

RID contains these active ingredients: DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), Di-n-propyl isocinchomeronate (a fly repellent), N-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide (an insecticide synergist) and Triclosan (an antimicrobial agent which kills a broad range of bacteria). Although RID once contained DDT as an active ingredient, it has since been removed when the effects of this highly toxic substance became more known worldwide.

According to the American Mosquito Control Association's Web site, N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET) remains the standard by which all other repellents are judged. DEET was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was registered for use by the general public in 1957. It is effective against mosquitoes, biting flies, chiggers, fleas and ticks. These insect repellents slowly evaporate into the air, producing an invisible chemical barrier around the areas on the body and clothes where it is applied, repelling incoming insects.[1]

RID was invented in 1956, after 3,000 hours of field research by inventor Doug H. Thorley. A bottle of RID is exhibited at the Queensland Museum in Australia.

RID insect repellents are used to repel insects which may carry a number of diseases, including; Ross River Virus, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Japanese B Encephalitis, Filariasis, Lyme Disease, Leishmaniasis, Typhus Fever, Plague and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

RID is an insect repellent. It is not able to protect people from the actual diseases mentioned above, except to repel the insects that may transmit them.


  1. ^ "Repellents: Which Repellent Works Best?". American Mosquito Control Association. Retrieved 30 May 2014.

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