Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent
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- Long-lasting repellent effective against the the Yellow Fever Mosquito which can transmit the Zika Virus, ticks, and flies; bag-on-valve (BOV) spray dispensing system sprays evenly in any orientation
- Reviewed by consumer reports as the Fisherman's Formula in its list of safe and effective insect repellents (February 2016)
- Spray effective up to 12 hours against mosquitoes and ticks (14 hours for lotion); up to 8 hours against biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies
- Safe to use on the whole family; won't harm clothing, backpacks, fishing line, firearm finishes, or other synthetic fabrics; color of bottle may vary
- Fragrance-free topical insect repellent with 20% Picardin -- more effective at repelling biting flies than DEET; repels disease-carrying mosquitoes including the Zika-transmitting Yellow Fever Mosquito and ticks (Lyme and Powassan), chiggers, and more
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With a similar effect to DEET, Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent won’t harm gear and equipment.
Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered one of the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water, and injuries -- everything from first aid kits developed for wilderness to point-of-use water filters that filter contaminated water to levels cleaner than U.S. bottled water.
Long Lasting, Gear Safe Protection
Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent
Safe to use on the whole family, Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent is highly effective at deterring a wide array of insects and is great for use on both skin and clothing.
The non-greasy Picaridin offers all day protection, has a pleasant low citrus odor, and won’t damage plastics or synthetic coatings
Maximize protection from mosquitoes and ticks by combining Picaridin with Sawyer’s Permethrin insect repellent for clothing and gear.
- Lotion repels mosquitoes up to 14 hours; spray repels mosquitoes up to 12 hours
- Both lotion and spray repel ticks, flies, gnats, chiggers, and fleas up to 8 hours
- More effective at repelling biting flies than DEET
- Effective against Mosquitoes, which can transmit Yellow Fever, West Nile, Dengue, and Zika viruses
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Picaridin as Effective as DEET?
Picaridin is the perfect balance of efficacy, safety, and user-friendliness. It repels a wide variety of pests including mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, sand flies, gnats, chiggers, and midges.
One of the longest lasting repellents available, it provides up to 14 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks (using the lotion; up to 12 hours for spray models), and up to 8 hours against a variety of flies, chiggers, and gnats.
Is Picaridin Safe for the Whole Family?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the active ingredient Icaridin (which is how Picaridin is known around the world) as the product of choice for malaria prophylaxis.*
Icaridin is recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Advisory Committee on Tropical Medicine and Travel for travelers six months to 12 years of age.**
Available as Lotion and Spray
- Lotion lasts up to 14 hours
- Comes in 2- and 4-ounce personal lotion bottles and individual lotion packets
- Also available in institutional-sized lotion pump dispensers
- Spray lasts up to 12 hours
- Available as a spray pump in 4-ounce, 3-ounce, and 0.5-ounce sizes, plus 6-ounce continuous spray
Should I Use a Lotion or Spray Repellent?
Lotions last longer than sprays. Sprays have the advantage of being able to be applied to clothing where it remains effective longer than on skin. Since repellents work as a 3 inch barrier, clothing applications can often protect 6 inches away from exposed skin, reducing your usage on skin. For optimal protection Sawyer recommends lotion on the skin and spray on the clothing.
Full Range of Insect Repellents
Check out Sawyer's range of insect repellents — from topical lotions and sprays to apply to your skin to Permethrin spray for applying to clothing and outdoor gear.
* Review of IR3535; KBR3023... by World Health Organization, 2000
** "Statement on Personal Protective Measures to Prevent Arthropod Bites," Canada Communicable Disease Report, November 2012
|Picaridin||MAXI DEET||Ultra 30 Liposome / DEET||Premium Family Controlled Release||Permethrin|
|Usage||Topical (Skin)||Topical (Skin & Clothing)||Topical (Skin)||Topical (Skin)||Clothing, Tents, and Gear|
|Active Ingredient||20% Picaridin||98% DEET||30% DEET||20% DEET||0.5% Permethrin|
|Application Formats||Pump Spray, Continuous Spray & Lotion||Pump Spray & Continuous Spray||Lotion||Lotion||Trigger Spray & Aerosol Spray|
|Mosquito & Tick Protection||Up to 14 hours (lotion); up to 12 hours (spray)||Up to 10 hours||Up to 11 hours||Up to 11 hours||Up to 6 weeks sprayed on clothing (or 6 washings)|
|Protection from Other Insects||Biting flies, stable flies, black flies, sand flies, gnats, and chiggers||Chiggers, fleas, and gnats||-||-||Chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects|
|Great for Areas of High Bug Density||-||✓||-||-||-|
|Great for Hunting & Fishing||✓||-||✓||-||✓|
|Great for the Whole Family||✓||-||-||✓||-|
|Complete Clothing Protection||Use with Permethrin||Use with Permethrin||Use with Permethrin||Use with Permethrin||✓|
|Micro Squeeze Water Filter||Dual-Threaded MINI Water Filter||Gravity Water Filtration System||Personal Water Bottle Filter||Blist-O-Ban Blister Protection||Venom Extractor & Suction Pump Kit|
|More outdoor products from Sawyer, including water filters, sunscreen, and first aid||Compact filter fits in the palm of your hand, attaches to drinking pouch, bottle & more||Screw the flip top cap onto the filter for easy on/off functionality and water flow control||Gravity-based water filtering system for backcountry groups or keeping on hand for emergencies||34-ounce BPA free water bottle with 0.1 micron filter delivers fresh, clean water as fast as you can drink it||Breathable, water-resistant, latex-free blister protection absorbs rubbing action and deflects friction away from the skin||Reusable vacuum pump for snake bites, bee/wasp stings, and more|
An effective alternative to DEET that’s safe for the whole family, Sawyer’s 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent provides effective protection from disease-spreading ticks (Lyme disease, tick-borne encephalitis) and mosquitoes (West Nile, Dengue, and Zika viruses). More effective at repelling biting flies than DEET, it's also effective at repelling stable flies, black flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies. Very comfortable to wear on your skin, it's ideal for all your outdoor adventures, from camping, backpacking, hunting, and fishing to backyard BBQs, sporting events, days at the park, and more. Sawyer 20% Picaridin topical spray is effective for up to 12 hours against mosquitoes and ticks (14 hours for the lotion), and the spray and lotion provide up to 8 hours of protection against biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies. Both the non-greasy, fragrance-free spray and lotion dry quickly and won't damage plastics or synthetic coatings — safe for use on clothing, backpacks, watches, sunglasses, fishing line, firearm finishes, and more. Available in a variety of spray and lotion bottle sizes, Sawyer 20% Picaridin also comes in individual 0.34-ounce lotion packets that are great for everyday use and small enough for carrying in a pocket, purse, or backpack. The top-rated bug repellent by WireCutter/New York Times (May, 2020), it's also considered to be the repellent of first choice by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Advisory Committee on Tropical Medicine and Travel for travelers 6 months to 12 years of age. Maximize protection by pairing with Sawyer Permethrin tick and insect repellent spray for clothing and gear. Since 1984, Sawyer has used technological advancements to create products that keep you outdoors — from the backcountry to the backyard — including insect repellents for both skin and clothing, water filters for camping and emergencies, and sun protection.