Kite Shield FAQs
Does Kite Shield include DEET?
No, it’s 100% DEET-free!
What’s harsh about DEET?
DEET can cause damage to plastics, acetate, rayon, spandex, furniture finishes, leather, painted or varnished surfaces, nail polish, and watch crystals.
What type of insects does Kite Shield repel?
Kite Shield repels mosquitoes and is proven effective against the following mosquito species: Aedes aegypti, Culex quinquefasciatus, Anopheles quadrimaculatus
How often do I need to re-apply?
We recommend re-applying Kite Shield every 2 hours or as needed.
How long does Kite Shield last?
Up to 4 hours against Culex quinquefasciatus, 2 hours against Aedes aegypti, and 90 minutes against Anopheles quadrimaculatus mosquitoes. Results may vary.
What are the ingredients of Kite Shield?
The ingredients of our patent pending formula include: lemongrass oil, thyme oil, peppermint oil, corn oil, wintergreen oil, vanillin, and isopropyl alcohol.
Can pregnant women and babies use Kite Shield?
We suggest discussing the ingredients listed on the label with your physician, as they know your medical history best and can provide valuable guidance.
Can I use Kite Shield on my toddler?
Yes, but we suggest discussing the ingredients listed on the label with your physician, as they know your children’s medical history best and can provide valuable guidance. Adult supervision is required when applying to children. Because children often put their hands in their mouths, do not apply Kite Shield to children’s hands. Read and follow the label instructions carefully.
Can I use Kite Shield on pets?
Kite Shield has not been tested on pets for safety, so we’re unable to make a recommendation.
Can I spray Kite Shield on clothing?
Kite Shield has not been tested for compatibility with all types of fabric. Before using Kite Shield on your clothing, test it on a small inconspicuous area to ensure that the fabric will not be stained by the natural, botanical oils in the formulation. For areas where mosquito infestations are extreme, consider applying Kite Shield to your skin and wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants to increase your protection.
How long will Kite Shield be good for?
Kite Shield should be stored in a cool, dry place away from heat or flame. Based on our experience when Kite Shield is stored under these conditions, the product is stable.
Can I use Kite Shield if I’m asthmatic or have other medical condition?
Discuss the ingredients listed on the label with your physician before use to determine if Kite Shield is right for you.
Is Kite Shield approved by the EPA?
Kite Shield has not been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It qualifies for exemption from registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
How does the Kite Shield formula work to repel mosquitoes?
Kite Shield’s patent-pending formula works by targeting mosquitoes’ sensing receptors - the part of the insect that guides them towards a food source. Our synergistic blend of botanical active ingredients confuses the receptors and creates a barrier on the skin.
Does Kite Shield work against midges or other biting flies?
Kite Shield has not yet been tested against other insects such as midges, biting flies, bed bugs and therefore we’re unable to attest to its efficacy against these insects at this time.
Does Kite Shield work with any non-profit organizations?
Kite is looking for partners with the ability to help distribute mosquito protection to underserved peoples. Currently, we are helping raise funds for Malaria No More to help end malaria.
The types of mosquitoes tested against are very specific. Would the product be expected to repel all types of Culex as effectively as the Culex Quinquefasciatus, and so on with the other types as well? Or only the very specific types listed?
Mosquito species within each genus are relatively closely related to one another, so Kite Shield may be effective against other species as well. We just don't have supporting efficacy nor duration data because we cannot practically test against all species. Note that our efficacy data is against the three most common species that mosquito repellents are tested against.
Is Kite Shield stable for an indefinite period of time?
As storage conditions can vary greatly, we suggest replacing the product if you start having concerns about its potency.
Is Kite waterproof or sweat-proof?
No, re-apply as needed and ensure skin is completely dry before application. The product may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction in some individuals, and if your pores are open from sweating, showering or other activity, it may be even more sensitive to irritation. Also note that some parts of your body may be more sensitive to irritation than others.