Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent
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- Safe for use on the whole family, long-lasting insect and tick repellent lotion deters a wide variety of pests — up to 14 hours against mosquitoes and ticks and up to 8 hours against flies, gnats, and chiggers
- Fragrance-free topical insect repellent with 20% Picaridin — more effective at repelling biting flies than DEET; repels disease-spreading ticks (Lyme, tick-borne encephalitis) and mosquitoes (West Nile, Dengue, and Zika viruses), chiggers, and more
- 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
- Non-greasy; dries quickly and won't damage plastics or synthetic coatings — safe for use on clothing, backpacks, watches, sunglasses, fishing line, firearm finishes, and more
- Top rated bug repellent by WireCutter/New York Times (May, 2020); maximize protection by pairing with Sawyer Permethrin tick and insect repellent spray for clothing and gear
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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.
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It's biodegradable. DEET is not
Its totally non-toxic. DEET is low level toxic
Its not greasy on your skin and smells nice. Deet is greasy and stinks.
It doesn't dissolve the plastic pen in your hand or your keyboard or your glasses or your camping gear like DEET.
Why would anyone still use DEET?
But the lotion is sticky and very slow (hours) to dry. For work i like to use long paints that I treat with Permethrin. And there's the problem.
It causes long pants to cling to your legs, restricting movement. For example getting into my truck cotton pants cling to my thighs causing me to have to pull up my pant legs to bend my knees.
The bulk size makes it convenient to pack small bottles for a hike or a refresher if needed.
But the thick non drying lotion formula doesn't work for me.
This stuff to me is just like a hand lotion with a faint smell that’s not bad either. Have had it on in the “wildlife observatory blinds” and it doesn’t alert the animals. You don’t feel anything like with 100% deet.
BUT dang!!!! This stuff really works and works for a long time. No need to reapply every 5 minutes. Maybe so if ur swimming or sweating like crazy.
A little pricey but bought the big jug. Glad I did. I threw all the other stuff away, except for the stuff I spray on my boots and clothing.
I will purchase again.
IT WORKS LIKE A CHARM. Don't leave home without it!
Great scent, goes on smooth like lotion without sticky residue or that nasty bug repellent feel. I usually wind up with chiggers somewhere when we go hiking, but I didn't get any this trip! I'm going to use this stuff everywhere on our camping trips now! WORTH the buy. We also loved the pump and got smaller travel bottles to pump the product in there as it was easy to carry to re-apply if we got rained on or wet. Even so, I don't even think I had to re-apply but 1 time. It held up even through rainforest rain! (p.s. I usually get eaten alive by mosquitos. I didn't get bit once!)