Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent with 20% Picaridin
- Long-lasting repellent effective against Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus; twin pack of 2-ounce lotion bottles
- Reviewed by Consumer Reports as the Fisherman's Formula in its list of safe and effective insect repellents (February 2016)
- Fragrance-free topical insect repellent with 20% Picaridin -- more effective at repelling biting flies than DEET; repels disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks (Lyme and Powassan), chiggers, and more
- Lotion is effective up to 14 hours against mosquitoes and ticks; 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, watches, sunglasses, or other synthetic fabrics; color of bottle may vary
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Safe for the whole family, Sawyer 20% Picaridin Premium Insect Repellent spray and lotion is effective against flies, ticks, and mosquitoes including the Zika-transmitting Aedes Aegypti (Yellow Fever Mosquito). Consumer Reports reviewed Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent as Sawyer "Fisherman's Formula" Picaridin Insect Repellent in its list of safe and effective insect repellents (February 2016). The long-lasting, fragrance-free Sawyer Picaridin-based insect repellent can be applied to your skin as well as clothing, outdoor gear, and more. It offers effective protection against disease carrying nuisances like mosquitoes carrying Zika and ticks carrying Lyme Disease. It's also effective at repelling biting flies, stable flies, black flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies. The non-greasy spray and lotion have a pleasant low odor that evaporates when dry and won't damage plastics or synthetic coatings. Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent is safe for use on clothing, backpacks, synthetic fabrics, watches, sunglasses, and more. Maximize protection from mosquitoes and ticks by combining Picaridin with Sawyers Permethrin insect repellent for clothing, fabric, and gear. Picaridin Spray Sawyer Picaridin topical spray is effective for up to 12 hours against mosquitoes and ticks, and up to 8 hours of protection against biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies. 0.5-ounce pump spray (airline friendly) 3-ounce pump spray (airline friendly) 4-ounce pump spray 6-ounce continuous spray Picaridin Lotion Sawyer Picaridin topical lotion is effective for up to 14 hours against mosquitoes and ticks, and up to 8 hours of protection against biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies. 2-ounce lotion bottle (airline friendly) 4-ounce lotion bottle Lotion pump dispensers in institutional-sized half gallon and 1 quart sizes (great for schools, daycare facilities, and more), with 1 gallon refill size Individual 0
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I moved to a humid area recently and sought out the best deet-free insect repellent, and so far, Sawyer's Picaridin is the best.
Here are some sample scenarios of how well it works...
A) First day on a trip to New Orleans, without repellent, I get bit. The following 3 consecutive days, I put it on. No bites those days.
B) I go to a party in Texas and put lotion on my legs only, thinking there would be no mosquitoes since it was rather dry. I get bit on my shoulders and arms, where I had not applied any. Pre-living in a humid area, whenever I got bit on travel, it would be my legs 90% of the time because I would be without bug repellent. The fact that those darn mosquitoes got my arms and shoulders is a testament to how well Picaridin worked to protect my legs.
C) I go to previous known areas where I have gotten bit by mosquitoes, all lotioned up with Sawyer's and I don't get bitten.
I've been using it for about 2 months, so I am happy to say that it can't be just a happy coincidence that in the areas where I have used Sawyer's repellent, are also the areas that have gone bite-free.
I have tried the other deet-free alternatives which simply did not work as well. They are:
1) Avon Skin so Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition SPF 30 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005599QTW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
2) Mosquito Repellent Bracelet (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MAWRXQB/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
3) Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent (https://www.amazon.com/Repel-Eucalyptus-Natural-Insect-Repellent/dp/B004N59OFU/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1528604971&sr=1-3&keywords=repel&dpID=41QkrpIvHML&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch)
Besides just working, Picaridin also has the added pros:
- Doesn't smell as strong as Lemon Eucalyptus
- Lasts longer
- Is not as sticky as some of the others
I hope this helps those like me to find something that finally works. Just make sure to cover all areas. I use the lotion at the start of the day and the spray in the late evenings when I need a touch-up.
I still have not found a good after-bite relief/soothing cream/spray/stick so am still on the hunt for that....
This is probably obvious, but you do want to reapply if you get wet. I went into the lake up to my knees (brrr!) and the flies started landing on me but not biting, which was a really weird feeling. Like I felt a weird tickling feeling, looked down and there were at least 6 flies hanging out on my ankle not doing anything. Once I reapplied they left me alone again.
I know from taking a similar trip last year that both DEET and a weaker picaridin repellant were useless when it comes to biting flies, so I HIGHLY recommend getting the lotion if you're going to be somewhere where flies are a problem. Just not the spray.