PICARIDIN: A BETTER WAY TO DEAL WITH MOSQUITOES AND OTHER CRITTERS?
TICKS, CHIGGER MITES, HORSEFLIES, BLACK FLIES, MOSQUITOES, AND YES, THERE ARE MORE, OF COURSE
According to New York Times’ Doug Mahoney, senior staff writer at Wirecutter, there’s a much better solution to dealing with mosquitoes et al., and it’s an ingredient, so read labels and steer clear of DEET.
Get a formulation made by Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent with 20 percent picaridin. It’s the best bottle of bug spray we found after testing 19 repellents and talking to everyone—from the EPA to the American Mosquito Control Association.
Sawyer’s is a pump spray, which is preferable. Any aerosol will commit overspray – leave a puddle on your skin. In addition, Sawyer’s is a two-cap design that prevents accidental leaks inside a backpack or other bag. Sawyer’s repellent is also widely available in a variety of sizes. The smaller size is pocketable or backpackable—a larger size for the truck.
Skip Clement writes more on Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent, you can read it here.
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Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.
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