Gear Review : Sawyer Insect Repellent
Early season bird hunts, whether they be for waterfowl like teal and geese or doves or upland birds are often plagued by biting insects and let’s not forget spring turkey seasons, uffda! Mosquitos, biting flies, gnats, ticks, chiggers all have one thing in common: nobody likes them. They are annoying at best and given their ability to pass along illnesses like West Nile Virus, Zika, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease it’s in every hunter’s best interest to protect ourselves and our working animals from these nasty little critters.
That’s where Sawyer’s complete line of insect repellents come into play. Sawyer makes a product for virtually any application. Want to treat your clothing or a blind? Sawyer Permethrin Fabric Treatment is easy to apply and lasts a long time, like six weeks long. Bugs chewing up your exposed skin? Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellents and MAXI DEET products are able to keep those pests at bay.
The Permethrin for Dogs insect repellent repels biting flies and mosquitos and kills ticks, it’s safe for your dog and lasts up to six weeks with a single application. Ike Eastman applied it to his horses and mules this summer because they were suffering from biting flies. With one application the animal’s woes were over and have been since he applied the treatment. Think about being able to apply Permethrin for Dogs in early August and having your dogs be protected through the end of September, that’s not just a nice convenience, it’s peace of mind as well.
A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)
Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.
And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.