Picaridin Insect Repellent

Our newest and most popular insect repellent for your skin, Picaridin is safe for use on the whole family and does not harm clothing and gear.

Full Product Description

An effective alternative to DEET that’s safe for the whole family, Sawyer’s 20% Picaridin insect and tick 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.

STATS AND SPECS

Filter Material

Longevity

removes

protection from

sweat resistant

liquid volume

4

 oz

HEIGHT

6.5

 inches

width

2.5

 inches

length

1.88

 inches

filter Weight

0.32

 oz

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Family Friendly

Effective for the whole crew, Sawyer Picaridin is safe for use during pregnancy and on children as young as six months of age.

TRUSTED INGREDIENTS

Derived from piperine in pepper plants, Sawyer Picaridin is a synthetic replica of a natural solution and is highly effective as a repellent.

Long Lasting

Picaridin spray is effective for up to 12 hours against mosquitoes and ticks, while the lotion is effective for up to 14 hours. Both provide up to 8 hours of protection against biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies.

Gear Safe

Picaridin is safe for use on clothing, backpacks, synthetic fabrics, watches, sunglasses, and won't damage plastics or synthetic coatings.

Low Odor

The non-greasy spray and lotion have a pleasant low odor that evaporates when dry.

ECO Friendly

Sawyer’s BOV (bag on valve) continuous spray contains no propellants like an aerosol, so you get more repellent and limit the propellants in the environment. It sprays in all directions, even upside down, and can be recycled when empty.

Maximum Protection

Compatible with Sawyer Stay-Put Sunscreen and can be used in tandem with Sawyer Permethrin for ultimate protection from the elements.

Frequently Asked Product Questions

Is Picaridin just as effective as DEET?

Picaridin is 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. It is the longest lasting repellent with up to 14 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks and up to 8 hours against a variety of flies, chiggers and gnats. It’s non-greasy, has a pleasant low odor and won’t damage plastics of synthetic coatings. All these factors combined makes Picaridin the optimal topical repellent for the entire family.Check out the data for yourself: Picaridin Research

Can I wear a repellent with a sunscreen?

Yes. We would recommend applying the sunscreen first. The trick to a comfortable and effective application of sunscreen it to put it on first thing in the morning or at least 10 minutes of sun exposure to help it fully absorb into your skin.Our SPF 30 sunscreen is a bonding base formula which makes it very breathable while still very effective. You can learn more about this formula at sawyer.com/sunscreen/

Should I use a lotion or spray repellent?

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.

Is Picaridin safe for pregnant woman and children?

Yes. Picaridin is a fantastic topical insect repellent for the whole family and 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 six months to 12 years of age.Learn more about Picaridin in this pdf.

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