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Yeadon MP visits successful local insect repellent firm

March 7, 2017 4:12 PM

Yeadon-based insect repellent manufacturer Citrefine International recently hosted Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland at their European HQ.

The company has been operating for over 20 years. Following several years of rapid expansion it currently exports to around 40 countries world-wide with their range of Mosi-guard Natural® insect repellents and naturally sourced active ingredient, Citriodiol®, which is derived from the oil of Lemon Eucalyptus trees.

The visit included a tour of Citrefine's head office, laboratory, warehouse and mail order facility, and also co-incided with news that Mr Mulholland is backing a campaign to raise awareness of tick-borne Lyme disease.

Greg with the Citrefine team"We were delighted to welcome Mr Mulholland MP at such an exciting time in Citrefine's growth," comments Citrefine's managing director Jacqueline Watson. "The recent appointment of two new UK-based team members to support our global operations and work alongside our US subsidiary is a demonstration of our commitment to driving growth both in the UK and further afield."

Research undertaken over more than 20 years has shown Citriodiol® based repellents to be as effective as DEET and highly effective against biting insects like mosquitoes and arthropods such as ticks.

"As more people become aware of Citriodiol® as a credible alternative to synthetic repellents, demand is increasing - particularly in countries where Malaria, Dengue, West Nile, Chikungunya and Zika virus are present. In the UK in particular, Lyme disease is a growing concern and we are delighted to support this campaign to raise awareness of tick bite prevention," adds Jacqueline.

"I feel very proud that such a well known brand and one that is so widely exported and in demand the world over, is manufactured in my constituency," comments Greg. "It is a privilege to celebrate companies like Citrefine who are not only leading the way in insect-borne disease prevention, but also helping to boost our economy with their export successes."

Greg added: "Closer to home, as an avid walker, raising awareness of tick-borne Lyme disease is very close to my heart. If it is detected early, a full recovery is usually made. However it can be a nasty disease with serious long-term effects if left untreated. That's why it is vital that people know how to prevent tick bites in the first place and also know how to spot signs that they may have been bitten."

Around 3,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported in England and Wales every year. Caused by the Borrelia bacteria, it is transmitted by a bite from an infected tick, tiny spider-like creatures found in woodland and heath areas. Early symptoms can include a 'bulls eye' skin rash around the bite and 'flu-like' symptoms such as headache, weakness, muscle pain, fever and exhaustion.

More chronic effects can include memory loss, numbness and joint problems. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease, making preventative steps such as covering exposed skin and use of insect repellents the best course of defence.