Saywer Picaridin Insect Repellent has a similar effect to DEET, yet it won’t harm gear and equipment. Picaridin repels mosquitoes and ticks like DEET but it also repels biting flies, stable flies, black flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies. At 20% active ingredient Picaridin; this long lasting topical insect repellent is effective up to 14 hours (lotion) and 12 hours (spray) against mosquitoes and ticks, and up to 8 hours against biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies.
Consumer Reports recently rated Sawyer Picaridin as their top pick for insect repellent.
- Picaridin is more effective at repelling biting flies than DEET
- Sawyer’s 20% Picaridin is virtually odorless; it even has a mild citrus scent added to it which evaporates when dry
- Sawyer Picaridin Repellent will not harm gear or equipment
- Effective for up to 14 hours (lotion) or 12 hours (spray)
- Use with confidence on the whole family
- [SP564]- 4 oz. lotion
- [SP544]- 4 oz. spray
- [SP543]- 3 oz. spray
- [SP541]- 0.5 oz. spray tube
Because of the way they slow down the evaporation of the DEET, lotions always last considerably longer than sprays of comparable DEET concentrations. Sprays have the advantage of being able to be applied to clothing. Sprays remain effective much longer on clothing than on skin. Since repellents work as a 3″ barrier, clothing applications can often protect 6″ of exposed skin and significantly reduce your usage on skin. Our recommendation: DEET lotion on skin and Permethrin spray on clothing.
Can I wear a repellent with sunscreen?
Yes, but with some effects. Repellents are designed to create a vapor barrier above the skin. Good sunscreens are designed to work below the skin. Wearing both usually compromises both functions especially when sprays are used. A Controlled Release Insect Repellent lotion is the most compatible topical repellent for a sunscreen.
Our recommendation is that if you need both types of protection, first apply Stay-Put® by Sawyer a bonding base sunscreen. After 10 minutes, apply Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent Lotion or a composite repellent lotion. The bonded sunscreen is less susceptible to the solvents contained in the repellent, including sprays if you use them. The Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent Lotion or a composite repellent in lotion form is more compatible with the sunscreen than a spray and requires less reapplication for maximum protection of both needs.
Does DEET protect against flies?
Some yes, but mostly no. If flies are going to be an issue we recommend using the Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula which is a 20% Picaridin Spray formula. Picaridin is much more effective against flies than DEET, especially at 20% which is higher than other Picaridin formulas available on the market.