Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent

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With a similar effect to DEET, Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent won’t harm gear and equipment.

About Sawyer

Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered one of the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water, and injuries — everything from first aid kits developed for wilderness to point-of-use water filters that filter contaminated water to levels cleaner than U.S. bottled water.

Long Lasting, Gear Safe Protection

Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent

Safe to use on the whole family, Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent is highly effective at deterring a wide array of insects and is great for use on both skin and clothing.

The non-greasy Picaridin offers all day protection, has a pleasant low citrus odor, and won’t damage plastics or synthetic coatings

Maximize protection from mosquitoes and ticks by combining Picaridin with Sawyer’s Permethrin insect repellent for clothing and gear.

  • Lotion repels mosquitoes up to 14 hours; spray repels mosquitoes up to 12 hours
  • Both lotion and spray repel ticks, flies, gnats, chiggers, and fleas up to 8 hours
  • More effective at repelling biting flies than DEET
  • Effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Picaridin as Effective as DEET?

Picaridin is the 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.

One of the longest lasting repellents available, it provides up to 14 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks (using the lotion; up to 12 hours for spray models), and up to 8 hours against a variety of flies, chiggers, and gnats.

Is Picaridin Save for the Whole Family?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the active ingredient Icaridin (which is how Picaridin is known around the world) as the product of choice for malaria prophylaxis.*

Icaridin is considered 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.**

Available as Lotion and Spray

  • Lotion lasts up to 14 hours
  • Comes in 2- and 4-ounce personal lotion bottles and individual lotion packets
  • Also available in institutional-sized lotion pump dispensers
  • Spray lasts up to 12 hours
  • Available as a spray pump in 4-ounce, 3-ounce, and 0.5-ounce sizes, plus 6-ounce continuous spray

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Should I Use a Lotion or Spray Repellent?

Lotions always last much longer than sprays (due to their slow evaporation), but sprays have the advantage of being able to be applied to clothing (where it remains effective longer than on skin).

Full Range of Insect Repellents

Check out Sawyer’s range of insect repellents — from topical lotions and sprays to apply to your skin to Permethrin spray for applying to clothing and outdoor gear.

* Review of IR3535; KBR3023… by World Health Organization, 2000

** “Statement on Personal Protective Measures to Prevent Arthropod Bites,” Canada Communicable Disease Report, November 2012

Picaridin Maxi-DEET Ultra30 Liposome / DEET Controlled Release Sawyer Permethrin
Picaridin Maxi-DEET Ultra30 Liposome / DEET Premium Controlled Release Permethrin
Usage Topical (Skin) Topical (Skin & Clothing) Topical (Skin) Topical (Skin) Clothing, Tents, and Gear
Active Ingredient 20% Picaridin 98% DEET 30% DEET 20% DEET 0.5% Permethrin
Application Formats Spray Pump, Spray & Lotion Spray Pump & Spray Lotion Lotion Spray Pump & Aerosol
Mosquito & Tick Protection Up to 14 hours (lotion); up to 12 hours (spray) Up to 10 hours Up to 11 hours Up to 11 hours Up to 6 weeks sprayed on clothing (or 6 washings)
Protection from Other Insects Biting flies, stable flies, black flies, sand flies, gnats, and chiggers Chiggers, fleas, and gnats Chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects
Sweat Resistant
Great for Areas of High Bug Density
Great for Hunting & Fishing
Great for the Whole Family
Complete Clothing Protection Use with Permethrin Use with Permethrin Use with Permethrin Use with Permethrin

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Lotion Dispenser- 0.5-gallon, Lotion Dispenser- 1-gallon, Lotion Dispenser- 1-quart, Lotion Packets- 14-pack, Lotion Packets- 50-pack, Lotion Packets- 7-pack, Lotion- 2-oz, Lotion- 2-oz – Twin Pack, Lotion- 4-oz, Lotion- 4-oz – Twin Pack, Pump Spray- 3-oz, Pump Spray- 3-oz – Twin Pack, Pump Spray- 4-oz, Pump Spray- 4-oz – Twin Pack, Spray- 6-oz, Spray- 6-oz – Twin Pack